Just a few days ago we reported on Star Trek’s Simon Pegg suggesting that the Star Trek film currently being scripted based on a pitch from Quentin Tarantino may not be (as previously reported) an R-rated idea. Now the Scotty actor and co-writer of Star Trek Beyond is suggesting that the Tarantino-based script is not the only Trek film script in consideration.
Pegg talks about another possible Star Trek movie script
Speaking to Geek Magazine, Pegg talked about the Tarantino project in context of another script:
“There’s a script that’s been written,” he notes, “and there’s also the story of Quentin Tarantino coming and chatting with J.J. about an idea that he’s had for a long time. That idea is going into the writer’s room to be looked at. I think it might take something like him to restart it. It’s an interesting proposition, although I don’t know if that means everybody will be blowing each other’s heads off with phasers and calling Klingons mother f*****s, but, who knows, that could be fun.”
Pegg obliquely referenced this other Star Trek film script on the red carpet at the Empire Awards on Sunday, noting that the Tarantino project “is sort of in the mix.” The other script “in the mix” is likely related the ‘Star Trek 4’ project that was announced in July 2016, which would see the return of Thor’s Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, James T Kirk’s father from J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek.
That July 2016 announcement had named J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay as the writers of the next Star Trek film. However, a cryptic tweeted image sent by Simon Pegg in December 2016 hinted he may also be in the mix. The tweet was sent from the offices of Star Trek producer J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company, and showed Pegg and his his Star Trek Beyond co-writer Doug Jung at their laptops.
— Pegg News (@simonpegg) December 6, 2016
And in the Summer of 2017, actor Zachary Quinto also talked about how a script for a fourth Star Trek film set in the Kelvin-universe was being written at the time. And all of this was well before the project related to Quentin Tarantino’s pitch for a Star Trek film heated up in December 2017.
Multiple scripts is nothing new
It is not unusual for studios to develop multiple scripts ahead of green-lighting their next franchise films. This has been seen multiple times in the history of Star Trek feature films, including the period following Star Trek Into Darkness, when a script written by Roberto Orci was rejected late in the development project, leading to Pegg and Jung being tapped to write what became Star Trek Beyond.
That being said, having multiple scripts does not necessarily mean they cancel each other out. Currently a number of franchises are developing and releasing multiple films set in their respected universes, including X-Men, Star Wars and of course the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, it is possible that multiple Star Trek scripts can still move forward, once the studio decides how to handle the franchise.
Paramount is currently playing with the ‘Cinematic Universe’ approach with the Transformers franchise, with a Bumblebee spin-off set for the summer of 2019. However, the planned 2020 Transformers filmhas recently been taken off their schedule as they and Hasbro have a rethink. The studio has yet to announce a replacement summer tentpole for 2020. With over two years there is still plenty of time to get a Star Trek film to fill that spot, and a 4-year gap between franchise entries was seen before between 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
While Star Trek Beyond underperformed compared to the previous two Trek feature films, it was still Paramount’s top release for 2016. That year saw a number of other disappointments for the studio, leading to changes in management at Paramount and Viacom, which has also been dealing with funding issues in recent years. While Viacom’s new CEO has talked about Star Trek as being one of their key tentpole franchises, these internal studio issues are also likely a factor in why after almost two years, Paramount has yet to put a green light on another big budget Trek film.
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