Simon Pegg to Co-Write Star Trek 3

Scotty is beaming himself up: According to Deadline, Simon Pegg will co-write the Star Trek 3 script with Doug Jung (creator of TNT’s undercover cop series Dark Blue). They’ll be working with Fast & Furious’ Justin Lin, who recently replaced Roberto Orci as director.

This is the kind of news that makes perfect sense: Star Trek 3 will be well served to pull from its own ranks for a fresh take on the script. (Pegg also follows the tradition of Trek actors helming feature films, with Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Jonathan Frakes directing various movies.) And of course, Pegg co-wrote the entire Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) with Edgar Wright, as well as the TV series Spaced.

It’s unclear if Pegg and Jung will be working off one of the controversial pre-existing screenplays (please don’t bring back Vulcan, please no time travel) or if they’ll go an entirely new route. (Like more McCoy please?)

Star Trek 3 is set to be released on July 8, 2016.

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