Pegg, Abrams Talk Issues With “Star Trek”

Disappointed with that first trailer for “Star Trek Beyond”? You aren’t the only one.

Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the screenplay and reprises his role of Scotty in the film, tells UK site HeyUGuys that he wasn’t happy with that first trailer and asks that long-term fans of the franchise “be patient” for the finished film:

“I didn’t love it because I know there’s a lot more to the film. There’s a lot more story and a lot more character stuff and a lot more what I would call ‘Star Trek stuff.’

I found it to be surprising. I found it to be the marketing people sort of saying, ‘Everybody come and see this film, it’s full of action and fun,’ when there’s a lot more to it than that. …

You know, they’ve got to bring a big audience in, they’ve got to bang a drum. To the Star Trek fans out there, I’d say, ‘Hang in there, be patient.'”

He’s not the only one talking issues with the franchise today. In the wake of comments by Damon Lindelof the other week about the scripting problems with the previous film “Star Trek Into Darkness,” director J.J. Abrams has spoken with Buzzfeed about his past efforts and Lindelof’s comments:

“At the end of the day, while I agree with Damon Lindelof that withholding the Khan thing ended up seeming like we were lying to people, I was trying to preserve the fun for the audience, and not just tell them something that the characters don’t learn for 45 minutes into the movie, so the audience wouldn’t be so ahead of it.

I felt like, in a weird way, it was a little bit of a collection of scenes that were written by my friends – brilliantly talented writers – who I somehow misled in trying to do certain things. And yet, I found myself frustrated by my choices, and unable to hang my hat on an undeniable thread of the main story. So then I found myself on that movie basically tap-dancing as well as I could to try and make the sequences as entertaining as possible.

Thank god I had the cast that we have, who are so unbelievably fun to watch. And an incredible new villain in Benedict Cumberbatch… I would never say that I don’t think that the movie ended up working. But I feel like it didn’t work as well as it could have had I made some better decisions before we started shooting.”

“Star Trek Beyond” opens July 22nd 2016.