In a recent interview with Den of Geek US, Simon Pegg – famous for the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy of films which he helped create with fellow actor Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright, his comedy series Spaced and for his roles in numerous Hollywood blockbusters over the years, has revealed that second sequel to 2009’s Star Trek will see a return to the tone and themes of the original series. Pegg, who took over the role of Chief Engineer Montgomery ‘Scotty’ Scott from the late James Doohan, will also be co-writing the sequel with Doug Jung.
In the interview, Pegg outlines his own vision for the film as well as the issues that he had with the first sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness:
“I feel like the thing that for me was kind of jolting was that it kind of wanted to embrace itself a little too much, rather than take off and do what Star Trek did, which is to go off into the depths of the galaxy.”
He goes on to say that the next film will steer clear of the Earth, which has been central in both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness. Although merely speculation at this point, it could be inferred that the script being worked on would take place somewhere in the Enterprise’s five year mission – the central premise of the original series – when, in the interview, Pegg says that the film is about the question of “how would that be for people, to be away for that amount of time and [dealing with] that kind of stuff.”
The script that Pegg and Jung are currently working on will be a completely new draft, without influence from the one that Roberto Orci turned in last year. According to Pegg, he hasn’t read Orci’s draft or was asked to.
Orci had previously lobbied to direct Star Trek 3, however following controversial comments that he made to a Star Trek fan site, Justin Lin – known for his work on The Fast and the Furious franchise and the hit US show Community (2009) – was chosen to take the comm.
Star Trek 3 (or XIII) has a projected release date of July 8, 2016.