Pegg, Jung to write to next Star Trek film
The website Deadline is reporting that Simon Pegg will be writing the upcoming Star Trek screenplay, along with Doug Jung. Pegg plays Scotty in the current Star Trek film series and has a track record of writing and performing in successful sci-fi themed comedies, such as Shaun of the Dead and The World's End. Jung wrote 2003's Confidence. No one else seems to remember that film; I liked it well enough, even while recognizing that this tolerance is mainly due to my own weakness for the "con" genre. Otherwise, he did some work on HBO's Big Love and wrote and produced a series for TNT called Dark Blue, a show about which I know nothing.
This announcement comes on the heels of the former director's Roberto Orci's separation from his former position. Paramount, the studio that owns Star Trek, replaced him with Justin Lin, who is best known as the director of several of the Fast and the Furious movies. Additionally, Internet rumors abound that the studio wants the franchise to feel more like the recent mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy.
Pegg's films are generally pretty light fare. I enjoy his movies, but do not associate them with the smarter and more serious tone that Star Trek manages at its best. His work generally does share a certain sensibility, however, with Guardians of the Galaxy. So it's easy to imagine what the studio is going for. It's harder, however, to like it.
Simon Pegg is a serious sci-fi fan, though, and I can assume that he wouldn't take a job like this with the intention of radically altering the basic meaning of the franchise itself. So I have no idea what is going to happen. In the words of Captain Kirk, "Buckle up."