Paramount quickly reversed flow, taking Justin Lin as the film’s new director and finalizing the film’s 2016 release. Lin’s previous directing credits include Fast Five. With a new director behind the film, so comes a new team of writers, including the reboot’s own Scotty.
Recent reports indicate that Simon Pegg, will receive a co-writer credit along with Doug Jung. Although Pegg is well known for his on screen activities, he has his fair share of writing credits. Pegg’s talent as a writer can be seen in the “Cornetto Trilogy” of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End. While this may seem casting decision may seem curious to some, reports that Paramount wants to rival Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy would make sense. Further, Pegg has shown how to work in oddball amalgams of comedy, sci-fi, and action; he’s also a major fan.
The one drawback of a 2016 release is timing, Pegg and Jung will have considerably less time to write the script; especially as a first-time collaboration.
Star Trek 3 opens in U.S. theaters on July 8th, 2016. I am looking forward to this release and I know trekkies around the world like Dave and Brit Morin can’t wait to see this classic series continue.