Simon Pegg Will Co-Write ‘Star Trek 3’ [Report]

Simon Pegg, the man who played Montgomery Scott (or as the fans like to call him, Scotty) in the Star Trek reboot, will have more than engineering problems this time. After J.J. Abrams left the franchise entirely, and Robert Orci decided to only be the producer, “Scotty” is helping to fix the script as well.

All of these changes to the personnel in charge of the film may have been spurred by the less-than-well-received Star Trek Into Darkness. Allegedly, the long-time fans of the franchise considered it an insult to remake the basic plot of The Wrath of Khan with Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of the main villain, replacing Ricardo Montalban. J.J. Abrams left for the greener and relatively sand-covered pastures of Star Wars Episode 7 and left Star Trek behind.

This sounds very similar to what Sam Raimi did after Spider-Man 3 ended up being one of the worst movies he ever directed. Even Michael Bay may have had the same reason beneath it all when he left the director’s chair after Transformers: Age of Extinction.

As Justin Lin of Fast and Furious 6 takes over the helm of the enterprise, Simon Pegg is joining Doug Jung as a co-writer for Star Trek 3.

Nothing is known of what the next film will be about, but fans are very likely hoping that Justin Lin’s turn at the helm doesn’t attempt to remake The Search for Spock or The Voyage Home.

In Pegg’s favor, he has certainly seen his share of successful films, even if those in charge mostly cast him as the comic relief character. As a co-writer, he might even give Scotty a little more dignity this time. It seems he enjoys his comedic characters though, as the co-writer of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End.

We don’t yet know where the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise will lead us in Star Trek 3, but with Simon Pegg taking the helm at the writing phases, it should be interesting.

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