As he continues to promote Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Simon Pegg spoke again about the two upcoming Star Trek films currently in development, this time talking more about directors S.J. Clarkson and Quentin Tarantino.
Pegg had lunch with Clarkson to talk Trek
Yesterday we reported on an interview conducted earlier this month at the UK premiere of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, where Simon Pegg was seen with Star Trek 4 director S.J. Clarkson. In a new interview conducted live today on Nerdist News, Pegg recounted his first meeting with Clarkson with glowing praise:
I met S.J. [Clarkson] in London recently, and she is just great. She is a real ball of ideas and so into it. We just had lunch and had a chat. Having co-written [Star Trek] Beyond and been part of the growth of the characters to a point, we were going to talk anyway, but I just wanted to meet her and say “Hi.” As soon as I talked to her for half an hour I knew this is going to be great. She is super, super into it, and very smart.
Pegg co-wrote 2016’s Star Trek Beyond with Doug Jung. The next Star Trek movie, which Clarkson is directing, is being written by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.
The actor also talked about Clarkson being the first woman to direct a Star Trek feature film, saying:
And it’s about time. It’s a shame that it’s a big thing, the first female director [for the Trek film franchise]. Come on dude, this is 2018. So, yeah, it is exciting stuff.
Tarantino will do something extraordinary with Trek
Recently Zachary Quinto has sounded somewhat definitive that a Star Trek movie based on a Quentin Tarantino pitch, and scripted by Revenant writer Mark L. Smith, would immediately follow Star Trek 4. Pegg too talked about the film coming later, but seemed to add a bit more caution on it becoming a reality:
Oh yeah. As far as we know Quentin came in and pitched an idea. Obviously he is real busy at the moment. He is doing his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and that is what he’ll be doing for the next few years. But if there comes a time when it becomes a reality, that would be incredibly exciting.
However, Pegg was clear that he has faith in Tarantino’s approach to Star Trek:
I imagine it would be a passionate and very faithful take. Quentin is a big Star Trek fan. I think people thought “Oh, he’ll just come in and dismantle it.” He will do something extraordinary with it. I am absolutely certain of that. If that happens, that would be great.
Watch Pegg talk future Trek
Here is the full episode of Nerdist News Talks Back where Simon Pegg mostly talks about Mission: Impossible – Fallout, but delves into a bit of Star Trek at the end.
See Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible – Fallout this weekend
Check out the new featurette featuring Simon Pegg for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which opens July 27.
Keep up with all news on both Star Trek 4 and the Tarantino Trek project here.