The last few months has been mostly troubling news coming from behind the scenes of next year’s Star Trek 3. First director Roberto Orci left the project, leaving the movie without a screenwriter or director. Not soon after, Fast and Furious‘ Justin Lin came on board to direct… but what about the script?
Well, in our first bit of good news regarding Star Trek 3 in a while, it appears that Chief Engineer Scott himself, Simon Pegg will be co-writing the movie, along with with Doug Jung, creator of the TNT series Dark Blue. Jung also wrote a movie for Bad Robot and Paramount called Diamond, which is how he he seems to have landed the job.
This is hardly Simon Pegg’s first time writing a screenplay, since he also co-wrote the Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, with Nick Frost and Edgar Wright (who was also rumored for the Star Trek 3 directing job himself, for about one hot minute). Pegg is a true nerd and hardcore sc-fi geek who grew up with Star Trek and Star Wars and knows them both inside and out. Plus, based on his previous projects, is an incredible screenwriter to boot. Beam us up, Scotty – we’re on board.
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