Simon Pegg's behind-the-scenes contributions shouldn't be that surprising, since he recently wrote the script for another massive sci-fi adventure, Star Trek Beyond. He also co-wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End with Edgar Wright, along with Run, Fat Boy, Run and Paul. What do you think about Simon Pegg's off-camera contributions to Star Wars: The Force Awakens?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015.Read More
It's worth noting that "today" doesn't exactly mean May 29, since it isn't exactly known when this interview took place, especially since his "Star Trek-y" comments from last week came from the same interview. Regardless, production on Star Trek 3 is certainly starting soon, but it remains to be seen if Paramount will ask Simon Pegg and Doug Jung to rewrite their first draft. The actor/writer also revealed that he trimmed the initial draft by Roberto Orci, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay from a whopping 180 pages to 135 pages.
Simon Pegg didn't divulge any specific plot details of his new script, but with production slated to begin very soon, hopefully Paramount will release official story details very soon. Justin Lin is directing Star Trek 3, which already has a July 8, 2016 release date set by Paramount. The 2016 release also means that this sequel will arrive just as the original Star Trek TV series celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Are you excited to learn more about Star Trek 3? Be sure to stay tuned for more updates as we get closer to production starting.Read More
When J.J. Abrams first took over the Star Trek franchise for the 2009 reboot, the self-proclaimed Star Wars fan made it no secret that he was aiming to make his film more inline with something from LucasFilm than the original 1960s sci-fi TV series upon which it is based. Writer and producer of that first movie Roberto Orci had been hired by Paramount to continue the franchise with Star Trek 3 shortly after J.J. Abrams bailed on the series to make Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As many fans know, Roberto Orci was soon fired from that movie, and Star Trek 3 star Simon Pegg moved into replace him alongside Doug Jung. While many thought that maybe Roberto Orci 's first draft, which he wrote with newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, was simply awful, Simon Pegg reveals it was quite the contrary. The real reason the first Star Trek 3 draft was dropped and recreated from scratch was because it was just a little bit too Star Trek-y. Simon Pegg explains:"They had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5 billion dollars. Star Trek: Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there's still $1bn worth of box office that don't go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why. People don't see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers. [They want to] make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it's more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent".
What do you think about Simon Pegg's comments? Are they a bit too controversial or right on the nose? And what about that Roberto Orci script? Maybe it wasn't so bad after all?Read More
An unassuming teacher is bestowed with an incredible gift by a group of aliens in the U.K trailer for Absolutely Anything. While we still don't know when this comedy will be released in the U.S., it will hit theaters on August 14 in the U.K. Sadly, Absolutely Anything will be one of Robin Williams' last two films, after the actor passed away last August. The other project, Boulevard, will be released in theaters July 17 through Starz Digital Media.
Absolutely Anything follows a disillusioned school teacher (Simon Pegg) who suddenly finds he has the ability to do anything he wishes, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (voiced by Monty Python members John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin & Eric Idle), watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion Dennis (voiced by Robin Williams) to help him along the way. Mishap after mishap finally leads him to the ultimate conundrum that all men dread and at which many have failed....should he choose the girl....or the dog....?Read More
Simon Pegg was approached to write the script by producers J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk while they were all shooting Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation. Paramount apparently didn't like the direction Roberto Orci was taking the sequel, and he was removed as a director and replaced by Justin Lin. His script, which was written alongside newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay reportedly had the Enterprise, the Vulcans and a new alien race competing to get a time travel device. The Vulcans want to go back and stop the destruction of their planet, and the time travel storyline would have allowed Chris Pine and William Shatner to share the screen. While it sounded like William Shatner was ready to return, it is not known if that will still be the case. In an earlier interview Simon Pegg said that this new movie will retain the spirit of the original TV.
Star Trek Beyond comes to theaters July 8th, 2016.Read More