In a surprise announcement, Simon Pegg has been set to co-write the third film in the “Star Trek” franchise for director Justin Lin and Paramount Pictures.
Pegg will team with Doug Jung, creator of TNT’s “Dark Blue” and writer of the upcoming Bad Robot film “Diamond,” to pen the script. They replace Roberto Orci, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay who penned the previous drafts – that incarnation looks to have been discarded in the wake of Orci’s departure.
Pegg’s writing credits include co-writing Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films – “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End” – along with “Run, Fat Boy, Run”. The announcement comes on top of Pegg’s other gig on the film, reprising the role of Scotty, the engineering chief he played in the two previous J.J. Abrams-directed “Star Trek” films.