Earlier today we reported some recent comments from Simon Pegg about Star Trek Beyond, but the actor and writer has some more to say about the next Trek film as well, including clarifying his potential role. In an extended interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the subject of a possible Quentin Tarantino Trek film came up and Pegg opined on that and revealed that, contrary to what has recently been reported, he doesn’t have a competing script in the mix.
Pegg knows about two scripts, neither of them his
In recent weeks, the big news about the next Star Trek movie has been around the idea that there are multiple scripts in consideration. Much of the focus of attention has been on the one being written by Mark L. Smith, based on an idea pitched by Quentin Tarantino. In addition, there is the one to be written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, announced in July 2016, which would involve Chris Hemsworth reprising his 2009 Star Trek role as George Kirk.
Then last week Zachary Quinto suggested there is a third script being written by the Star Trek Beyond writing team of Simon Pegg and Doug Jung. The Wrap subsequently reported a source told them “three ‘Star Trek 4’ scripts are, indeed, in development.” However, if a third script is actually in development, it isn’t being written by Simon Pegg, who now tells Happy Sad Confused that while he and Jung are working on a project with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, it isn’t for Star Trek:
Doug [Jung] and I were never going to write the fourth [Star Trek]. That was never the deal. Doug and I are doing something together at Bad Robot, which I probably can’t talk about just yet. So, [J.D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay, who wrote the abortive third [Star Trek] script with the previous director [Roberto Orci], they are writing a fourth one. That as far as I knew was the kind of Hemsworth thing. That is as much as I know.
To add yet another wrinkle, when asked if he would be interested in returning to write another Star Trek movie, Pegg replied “Yeah, 100%.”
Doesn’t expect Tarantino would direct Trek film
Pegg also noted that if the Tarantino pitch does become the next Trek movie, he doesn’t think Tarantino would actually helm it:
We all got an email a couple of months ago from J.J. [Abrams] saying “Quentin Tarantino came into the office with an idea, so we are putting it into a writers room.” I don’t think Quentin is going to direct it because he has got his [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] movie to do and I think he is only going to do one more movie after that. I doubt he would be able to get around to directing a Star Trek movie until two or three years.
Pegg also clarified that he didn’t know the details about the pitch Tarantino made to Abrams, but he does remember talking to him about a Trek idea in the past:
I have a vague memory of him talking about it years and years ago. He sort of adopted me and Nick [Frost]. He was so lovely to us and we hung out at his place and watched loads of films and I am sure he mentioned that. I am sure it is an idea that he has hung onto for some time. But, I don’t know and J.J. hasn’t told us.
There is a chance the idea discussed with Pegg years ago is the same one Tarantino talked about on the Nerdist podcast in 2015, which was using a classic Trek episode as the basis of a movie, citing as examples the TOS episode “City on the Edge of Forever” and the TNG episode “Yesterday’s Enterprise.”
Pegg also dismissed how some feel a film based on Tarantino’s idea would be full of the profanity and violence often associated with his films:
I think that is an incredibly reductive way of approaching Tarantino’s work. He’s a big fan. As a very smart filmmaker and writer I think he would approach it with the respect it deserves. I don’t think it is going to be all “When you absolutely have to stun every motherf—ker in the room.”… And doesn’t Kill Bill start with a Klingon proverb?
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