There is a bit more from Simon Pegg while on his promotional tour for Mission: Impossible – Fallout, which opened today. This time the Star Trek actor is giving an estimate on production for the next movie.
S.J. Clarkson brimming with ideas for Star Trek 4
Appearing on Larry King Now, Pegg talked confirmed he will be in the next Star Trek movie, and talked again about meeting with Star Trek 4 director S.J. Clarkson, saying:
Yeah [I’m in the next Star Trek], as long as they want what they call the “Kelvin cast,” the sort of rebooted version of the Shatner era, and I am Scotty, as far as I know. I met the new director, S.J. Clarkson, who is the first female director of a Star Trek film, which is exciting, and she is just brimming with ideas and enthusiasm. I can’t wait to work with her.
When asked about production, Pegg gave his best estimate about when Star Trek 4 would start shooting, saying:
As far I know, we are sort of in soft prep at the moment. I would imagine [starting production] next year at some point, hopefully early next year.
This is a bit more of a detailed estimate on progress for the film than Pegg gave earlier this week. Paramount has yet to set a release date for Star Trek 4, so there are still likely some issues to be worked out, although at least one draft of the script has been reportedly completed and financing partner Skydance has also been reported to be on board.
A film going into production in 2019 would likely indicate a 2020 release, or a four-year gap since Star Trek Beyond, which would be the same gap between 2009’s Star Trek film and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. All three of the Kelvin-era Star Trek films have been released in the summer and Paramount has yet to announce a live-action tentpole film for the summer of 2020, so it seems like a natural spot for the next Trek movie.
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