Star Trek 3: Paul and Shaun Escape the Hot Fuzz on their Search for Happiness.
Okay, so maybe that’s not the actual official title of the third Star Trek series, but the star of all those amalgamated films, Simon Pegg, is co-writing the third movie in the franchise.
After Roberto Orci (writer of the first two Star Trek installments) backed out of the third film, Paramount and Skydance were in need of a new scribe that would be able to bring his or her own unique voice to the series, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.
Pegg, who’s played the fiery and non-conventional Scotty in both films, is a perfect pick for the position. The actor began his career as a writer and has written feature length films, as well as short films, ever since.
Most notably, he wrote the entire Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) alongside director Edgar Wright and on screen/off screen best friend Nick Frost.
Pegg, who’s also a self-proclaimed geek, dedicated hours of his life to satirizing Star Wars and managed to incorporate a large portion of his science fiction interests in most of his films, as well as in his cult television series from 1999, Spaced.
Pegg will be partnering up with Doug Jung, writer behind several television series including Dark Blue, Banshee, and Big Love, for the third Star Trek film.
As reported earlier last year, with J.J. Abrams out of the picture, Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious) will be stepping up to direct the film.
Paramount and Skydance are still optimistic at this point in time that they’ll be able to get the film out by July 2016.