Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty and is currently working on the script for Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung – rumoured to be called Star Trek: Beyond – has been talking about Paramount’s vision for the movie… and how Avengers may be influencing them. Sigh.
Ok, before we start, I must point out that Star Trek is a franchise that I just never could get into BUT even I think this sounds like a bit of a travesty.
Talking to Radio Times, the actor/writer said the studio wants Star Trek to be “more inclusive”.
“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them,” he continues, “I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little too Star Trek-y”.
Now, this is probably the script from Roberto Orci who originally writing before Pegg and Jung took over (here). Proving that money and not necessarily story is the drive behind the movie, Pegg added: “Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5bn. Star Trek Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1bn worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why”.
He adds that the now have to “Make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters”.
Is it just us or does it sound like this is a bit of a nightmare? Wasn’t the whole point behind the new Trek franchise to make it more inclusive? Surely the point now is to stay true to the flavour and feel of original Trek, rather than of Avengers?
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Star Trek 3 shoots this summer, and is due in cinemas on July 8th 2016. with Fast and Furious director Justin Lin at the helm.