Last year came reports that filmmaker Nicholas Meyer, the director of both “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” was involved in a new project in the franchise – one separate from CBS All Access and Netflix’s “Star Trek: Discovery” series.
Further specifics, however, were not available until now when, whilst speaking at a discussion about “Shakespeare and Star Trek” at the University of California (via TrekCore), Meyer revealed he’s been working on a trilogy of “Star Trek” films for CBS All Access. Unfortunately, it hit a speed bump:
“I was hired to write a stand-alone Star Trek-related trilogy. I can’t discuss or I’d have to kill you. [Laughs] I was writing it for CBS [All] Access… but at the moment CBS is at a war with Paramount/Viacom. They’re in a power struggle, which turned really nasty this past week when CBS decided to sue [its parent company]. So, I don’t think my project is going anywhere in a hurry, because everything is on hold while they sort out this merger business. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.”
CBS is suing its parent company National Amusements in an effort to block a merger with Viacom (which owns Paramount Pictures). Should it go ahead, then the two companies that control the “Star Trek” series and films will fall under one roof.
Meanwhile Simon Pegg, who stars as Scotty in the J.J. Abrams-era “Star Trek” films, and helped write the last one “Star Trek Beyond,” recently spoke with ComingSoon and cleared up some confusion just as to who is writing the next film in the series.
Pegg says he has no involvement in the script for the fourth film with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay doing the script and S.J. Clarkson directing. He also says Tarantino’s Trek film is notably further off:
“Quentin [Tarantino] turned up at the office a couple of months ago and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got an idea!’ So that’s in the hope for further down the line… Everyone sort of assumes it’s gonna be like “Pulp Fiction” in space, but I think his devotion to “Trek” and his understanding of it.
It won’t be ordinary, it’ll have him all over it, but it won’t be anything a “Star Trek” fan will have to worry about. He has an acute understanding of the story and he’d never do anything to tear it down. I haven’t read the treatment yet, but I might be able to in the next couple of weeks, so I’m excited about that.”
The second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” is in production, no air date has yet been set.