Star Trek’s new Scotty, Simon Pegg, is out doing press promoting his role in the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, opening this week, and in an interview with Zoo magazine he made the bold prediction that the Star Trek sequel would open in 18 months. We have that and more Pegg excerpts and links below.
Pegg’s prediction comes from an interview in the British lad magazine Zoo (link not safe for work). The interview is not online, but excerpts are via Ireland Online, including this quote about the Star Trek sequel:
I know the writers are busy thinking about it. I don’t really know anything about the story, or if I’m in a bigger role, but I’d imagine we’ll be back this time next year. That’s not official, but I reckon it’s probably about 18 months away from being in the cinema.
Doing the math, 18 months would put the release of next Star Trek movie at Christmas 2010. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are planning to have the script completed by Christmas 2009, so only one year from script to release seems a bit too ambitious. The first report for the Star Trek sequel (in Variety three months ago) cited a 2011 target and according to TrekMovie sources, the studio is eying May 2011. However, many factors can affect that date, including the decision on if JJ Abrams will or will not direct. As of now, Paramount has not set an official date for the Star Trek: Something Something sequel.
Pegg talks Trek fans
Also in an interview with MoviesOnline, Pegg talks about star Trek fans.
Were you nervous about the reaction to ‘Star Trek’?
It was quite nerve-wracking going into it because it is such a beloved story and the whole exercise was to reinvent it while, at the same time, not dismissing anything that had gone before. The writers did an incredibly smart job, a real ‘cake and eat’ it thing whereby they were able to reset the whole story without invalidating anything that happened before. They did that by having Leonard Nimoy playing Spock, which meant that everything we knew about ‘Star Trek’ had happened, because it had happened to him. But he’d just gone back and started again. It was ingenious. Still, you never like to expect that kind of major positive reaction, because you never know how the finished film will look. I have done films before where they have felt brilliant on set and then you see the finished thing and it is not quite what you expected. But I had a good feeling because I have such faith and trust in J.J. Abrams. It was so nice to see that the critics agreed.
Have you had any unusual encounters with ‘Star Trek’ fans, or indeed any of your fans?
Sadly, no. In fact, I am pretty lucky in that way. The normal people who come up to me are usually nice and polite. Things do change and you find it hard to operate in the way that perhaps you used to, even in LA for me it is different from how what it was before. But you just adapt. It’s not necessarily a positive thing. It means you have to make decisions about where you go, like at home, I can’t walk into a pub any more without getting stared at and certainly I can’t go in to a pub with Nick [Frost] because we are seen as the ‘complete set’! But that’s par for the course; it’s just something you have to take on board when you get into this game.
Other Ice Age promotional interviews with Pegg (w/ no discussion of Star Trek):
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs opens tomorrow, July 1st.
Ice Age Clip with Pegg
Here is a clip featuring Simon Pegg’s character ‘Buck’ the weasel in Ice Age 3