A big project that remains somewhat mysterious is the Star Trek feature film Paramount has set for a holiday 2023 release. Now one of the stars of the three Kelvin Star Trek movies (and co-writer of Beyond) has a bit of an update.
Pegg: Stay tuned
The last news out of Paramount regarding their next Star Trek feature film came last November when the studio moved the release date from the summer to December 22, 2023. Previously, producer J.J. Abrams had hired WandaVision’s Matt Shakman to helm the film based on a script co-written by Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
A big question regarding this project has been whether it will include the cast of the three previous Kelvin Universe films; this week we got a clue that the answer may be yes based on some comments from Simon Pegg, who played Scotty in all three films and co-wrote the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond. As he has been out promoting his new film The Ice Age Adventures of Buck Wild, Pegg has been fielding some questions about what he knows about the next Trek. He told Collider:
I don’t know much. I’ve met Matt [Shakman] briefly and seems like a great guy. I love the work he did on WandaVision. It’s always waiting with these things, because the world is an uncertain place. COVID’s thrown everything into a spin. There’s so many factors that have to align in order for these things to happen. I’m just quietly waiting for news basically. And I texted J.J. the other day and said, “Tell me what’s happening.” He’s just like, “We’re waiting for news.”
He followed up making clear he hopes to continue playing Scotty:
I’d love to see more adventures in the Kelvin universe. Obviously, any chance I get to work with those actors is… I’ll leap at it, albeit it’s going to be a little sad this time, but stay tuned.
He reiterated the wait and see point of view to Forbes but also elaborated on how returning to do another film for the cast would be with some sadness due to the tragic passing of co-star Anton Yelchin (Chekov) in 2016:
That’s always a tantalizing promise that we might do something, and I think they just never want to shut the door on the possibility of another Star Trek but nor do any of us, you know. We would all love to get back to it again, albeit with some sadness because of losing Anton (Yelchin). I always wish I could give you something more definite, but we just don’t know. We’ll have to wait and see.
More activity at Paramount
While there have been many stops and starts on Star Trek film projects since 2016’s Beyond, the 2023 film is the only one Paramount has ever officially put on their release schedule. We have already seen them change the date once, but Paramount has been making many changes to their overall calendar in the last year mostly due to the impact of the pandemic. Just last week, the studio moved both of the upcoming Mission: Impossible films (which also feature Pegg and are produced by J.J. Abrams), a move that could have another ripple effect resulting in another move for the 2023 Trek film.
It was just two weeks ago that ViacomCBS made a huge commitment to the franchise, essentially outlining year-round programming of Star Trek television on Paramount+. And last fall, new Paramount Pictures chief Brian Robbins said he “can’t wait to get going” on the next Star Trek movie, saying live-action theatrical films are “crucial to the health of the overall franchise.”
One important element appears to already be in place for the 2023 film. Last week, Variety reported that Keith Ellison’s Skydance Productions, which co-produced and provided financing for the previous two Star Trek films, is continuing to work with Paramount on the Mission: Impossible, Transformers, and Star Trek franchises even though Skydance has moved their overall first-look deal from Paramount to Apple.
So we still remain in a holding pattern, but there is reason to be hopeful that a Star Trek feature film is in the near to mid-term future. And based on Pegg’s comments, there may even be a chance to see the return of the Kelvin universe crew.
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