It has only been over a month since Roberto Orci walked away from the director’s chair on the upcoming Star Trek threequel, with Fast & Furious series director Justin Lin taking over the job not long after.
With Orci’s script for the film (which he co-wrote with John D. Payne and Patrick McKay) being tossed, Paramount needed to find a replacement, and fast, if the studio planned on making their 2016 Anniversary release date.
They didn’t have to look too far, as Simon Pegg (Montgomery Scott/Scotty in the current series) will be teaming up with Doug Jung (Banshee) on a new iteration of the script.
Pegg is no stranger to these duties, having teamed up with Edgar Wright to co-write Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. With that pedigree, this is a definite upgrade for the series and for the first time since just before the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, my interest is piqued.
This isn’t the first time that a cast-member has jumped into Trek’s big screen creative end, as he’ll join Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes, who have all taken a swing at a Star Trek film of their own (though in director duties, but Nimoy and Shatner did co-write the stories for The Voyage Home and The Final Frontier respectively).
With any luck, this means Pegg will also have some supervisory involvement in any upcoming tie-in comics produced by IDW in the same way Orci did for the previous array of miniseries.
Star Trek 3 is set to release on July 8, 2016.