Last week brought news that Paramount was working on two different Star Trek films, with one being a follow-up to Star Trek Beyond, and another being a separate film based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino. In two separate brief interviews, Scotty actor Simon Pegg talks about how he feels about the future of Star Trek movies, including the news that director S.J. Clarkson has been tapped for the Beyond sequel, which would make her the first woman to direct a Star Trek film.
Pegg excited about S.J. Clarkson
LRM caught up with Simon Pegg at the Newport Beach Film Festival and asked him about the news that Paramount is looking to sign S.J. Clarkson to direct the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond. Pegg said of the news:
Fantastic. I think that is just great. I was really excited when I heard about that news. What a great thing for the franchise, I think. It’s about time and I’m excited.
Ready to take a bite out of Tarantino Trek too
And speaking at CinemaCon last week (before the S.J. Clarkson news broke), Pegg was asked about the Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project by PopCulture. Once again the actor expressed enthusiasm for the project, saying:
It’s exciting. I know Quentin is making a movie at the moment, his 60s thing. I know that he had an idea that was tossed around. I love Quentin’s work and think he is a great director and a great story writer. So, whatever fruit that may bear, I would be interested to take a bite out of it.
Pegg’s note about Tarantino currently working on a “60’s thing” is referencing the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will be released at the end summer 2019. This Trek film is expected to come after the ‘Star Trek 4’ follow-up to Star Trek Beyond. It is still unclear what role – if any – Pegg or any of his Kelvin-verse actors would play in this film, as it is reportedly something “separate” from the Kelvin-verse films.
See Pegg talk about S.J. Clarkson’s Star Trek project.
…and the Tarantino Trek Project.
To keep up with all news about the future of the Trek film franchise, check out the TrekMovie Upcoming Movies category.