After writer-director Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3 last month, Paramount has decided to completely discard the script he co-wrote with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, although he is still on board as a producer. Last week, we reported that actor-writer Simon Pegg will not only return as Scotty in the sequel, but he will also co-write the screenplay with Doug Jung. While it isn't known when production may begin on the sequel, which was given a summer 2016 release date last month, MTV caught up with Chris Pine at Sundance, who revealed that he thinks Simon Pegg is the perfect choice to write the script.
"We're all really excited because I think what we enjoy about it is that we have a laugh and we want to make sure that that's still kind of embedded in there so to have Simon writing it is the perfect fit."
While Simon Pegg is best known as an actor, he is also an accomplished writer, co-writing the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World's End) with director Edgar Wright, along with other movies such as Run, Fat Boy, Run and Paul. He also created the British TV series Spaced. Production on Star Trek 3 was originally set to begin this spring, but with a completely new script being written, it isn't known how that will affect the production schedule, or the 2016 release date. Stay tuned for more details on Star Trek 3 as soon as we have more information.