When it was first revealed that there were plans to make a reboot of the Star Trek franchise, with a fresh young cast playing our favourite characters, many people were understandably pessimistic about the project. However, we have now been given two Star Trek movies in recent years, with them both going on to prove a huge success at the box office.
Work has now begun on Star Trek 3 and Simon Pegg is on the screenplay duties for the new movie, along with Doug Jung, after Roberto Orci decided to leave the project. Simon has recently been talking about the new film, claiming that they are looking to bring back the spirit of the television series, which made the franchise such a success in the first place
Pegg revealed to Spinoff Online, "[We] just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it's a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that's where we want to take it, you know. Where no man has gone before - where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation."
As well as co-writing the screenplay for the new movie, Simon Pegg will also reprise his role as Scotty for Star Trek 3, which will also see the return of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, and Karl Urban. Meanwhile, it has also been rumoured that British star Idris Elba is in talks to play the main villain in the film.
Star Trek 3 is set to be directed by Justin Lin, with the movie aiming for a July 8, 2016 release date.