At last it has been revealed who will be writing the third of the modern ‘Star Trek’ movies and surprisingly one of the writers also has the distinction of having played one of the iconic characters in the first two films.
Simon Pegg, who took on the role of engineer Scotty has been chosen to write the script for the third film along with Doug Jung. The latter of which is perhaps best known for writing and producing the police series ‘Dark Blue’.
A search was started when Roberto Orci, who was writing and slated to direct the sequel, left the project. Justin Lin is now on board to direct.
Simon Pegg is no slouch when it comes to writing, but as far as I am aware he has not written for a major science fiction franchise, but has wrote comedies, which have made loving nods to many things in geek culture, which we all know and love. Much of Peggs work to date as a screenwriter has been done with his creative partner Edgar Wright with whome he wrote the much loved cornetto trilogy of films, which included ‘Shaun Of The Dead’, ‘Hot Fuzz’ and ‘World’s End’. Pegg also helped write the screenplay for ‘Paul’ and ‘Run Fat Boy Run’.
As a fan of Simon Peggs comedy films, I’d be interested to see how he copes with the blend of drama, action and banter that is required for a ‘Star Trek’ movie. Lets hope this pair of writers can add a little more depth to the characters and actually produced a script that makes sense.
In addition to ‘Dark Blue’, Jung has written for TV shows ‘Banshee’ and ‘Big Love’.