It was just confirmed by Deadline that Simon Pegg (JJ Trek’s Scotty) and Doug Jung (creator of the TNT series Dark Blue) will co-write the script for the next Star Trek film. This comes on the heals of the exit of Bob Orci and the announcement that Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6) will take on the director’s chair for the third film in the new franchise.
Nothing has been straightforward about the pre-production of Star Trek 3. Rumors started flying early on, some being confirmed and more being generated when then writer and director Bob Orci ceremoniously left the building. Paramount has been insisting that they are dedicated to releasing a third Star Trek movie during the year of the franchise’s 50th anniversary (2016), but that is seeming less and less likely given the fact that writers for the script are only being announced now (cue more rumors!).
On today's episode of News That Bends the Fabric of Reality: my brother's co-writing the next Star Trek movie. http://t.co/z9rel9BhOQ
— Mike Jung (@Mike_Jung) January 19, 2015
Pegg’s previous writing credits make us hopeful for a well-written Trek script. With Edgar Wright, he penned the Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End (the Cornetto trilogy), as well as Run Fatboy Run. Doug Jung is known for his TV scripts, including those for a series that he created, Dark Blue.