Star Trek films too ‘Star Trek-y’? Paramount is going to fix that


Simon Pegg spoke for nerds out there and wasn’t afraid to show his love to the community recently. On his site, he said that he was proud to be a nerd and loves sci-fi and fantasy. Now he’ll be working in the upcoming Star Trek 3 film as a co-writer and returning as an actor.

During an interview with The Radio Times (via The Guardian), he said that Paramount Pictures hired him as a writer because the draft they had before wasn’t to their liking.

“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.”

The script in question was likely the script to be used by Roberto Orci, who was supposed to direct the third Star Trek film but later backed out, with Justin Lin taking over. Pegg had this to say about Paramount’s thinking:

“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.”

Marvel has been using different approaches for its recent films; for example, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was played out like a political thriller, and the upcoming Ant-Man film will play out like a heist film. The recent Marvel films have been catering to the mass market, and that’s probably what Paramount wants for the next Star Trek film.

Do you think the studio is going about it the wrong way? Is there a way to capture more audience members without sacrificing the Star Trek feel? If Star Trek 3 can create a fun and entertaining movie while still following the mission objective of boldly going where no man has gone before, then shouldn’t that be enough? Let us know in the comments section below.

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