Those hoping “Star Trek Beyond,” the upcoming third film in the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise, would get back to its roots should be prepared for some disappointment.
Rather than going the “Skyfall” route of re-introducing key elements of the franchise that the rebooted franchise had avoided so far, a new interview with the film’s co-writer and actor Simon Pegg has revealed that the next film will move even further away from the “Star Trek” mold than the two previous J.J. Abrams films.
Speaking with Radio Times (via The Guardian), Pegg discussed how he and fellow scribe Doug Jung were brought onboard to work on the script after the departure of original co-scribe and potential director Roberto Orci:
“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little too Star Trek-y.”
Part of the problem is Marvel Studios. Paramount has been looking at the returns of Marvel films and then at the numbers for “Star Trek Into Darkness” and wondering why the franchise isn’t in that league:
“Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5 billion dollars. Star Trek: Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1 billion worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why.
People don’t see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers. [So they want to] make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent.”
The next “Star Trek” is being helmed by Justin Lin (“Fast Five”) and is due in cinemas on July 8th 2016.