Mission: Impossible – Fallout is now in theaters and looks to be a hit, so Simon Pegg’s publicity tour should now be over, but we have a couple more last tidbits for the week about his meeting with Star Trek 4 director S.J. Clarkson and his thoughts on other Star Trek film in development, originally pitched by Quentin Tarantino.
I’ve met with S.J. and she’s fizzing with ideas and she has the right attitude…She’s reverent, but she’s not slavish. In terms of the story, I have a vague knowledge, but it’s nothing I can talk about.
Earlier during his Mission press tour, Pegg has also said of this meeting that Clarkson is “a real ball of ideas and so into it.” He has also said the film is currently “in prep” and estimates production will start in early 2019.
And speaking to Fanaticos del Cine, the official website of Paramount’s Peruvian distribution United International Pictures Peru, Pegg tried to clear up some confusion between the status of the Star Trek 4 project and the Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project.
There is a script for Star Trek 4, yes…I’m not sure where this confusion has come from…The truth is, there is a film being developed for the fourth Star Trek, written by [J.D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay, directed by S.J. Clarkson. And the one that Quentin Tarantino spoke about, it might happen further down the line.
Tarantino Trek could be six years away
With regards to the Tarantino project, Pegg told the Edmonton Journal he expects the Kelvin timeline cast to be part the concept, saying:
He came in to Bad Robot and pitched it and it’s been put in the bank. I think he had us in mind when he came up with the idea; he likes the new cast.
He also said told Fanaticos del Cine that he believes the Tarantino Trek film involves the same cast as Star Trek 4, saying:
As far as I know, it is the same cast.
However, he offered a note of caution to the Edmonton Journal, saying:
“But he’s going to be so busy with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that I can’t see him doing it for five or six years, by which time we might be too old anyway.”
Star Trek 4 scribes tapped for Lord of the Rings series at Amazon
In related news, at the Television Critics Association event over the weekend, Amazon Studios announced via Entertainment Weekly that after a “lengthy search” they picked Star Trek 4 screenwriters JD Payne and Patrick McKay to be the showrunners for their planned Lord of the Rings TV series.
“The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity,” the writing duo said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.”
Amazon has a multi-season commitment for the project, set prior to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. EW estimates the series to be budgeted for $500 million, which would make it the most expensive freshman TV project of all time.
Keep up with all news on both Star Trek 4 and the Tarantino Trek project here.