On this episode of Nerd & Tie (after we finish talking about Pokemon Go and get to the actual content) we talk about Star Trek‘s Abramsverse getting renamed the “Kelvin Timeine,” John Cho’s version of Hikaru Sulu being confirmed as gay (and all the fall out associated with it), Pacific Rim 2 finally getting a release date, Netflix greenlighting a remake of Lost in Space, how the Tetris movie will be the first in a trilogy, and how Sukoshi Con has cancelled all of their future conventions.
Earlier this week the first trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Beyondpremiered, and some were concerned that it was solely composed of explosions, one liners, and a kick-ass bike jump. In fact, due to the tone, many said the film would pretty much be The Fast and the Furious in space.
Simon Pegg, apparently forgetting that he exists in a culture where everything he says will be dissected at length, made some inopportune comments to the Radio Times regarding the current state of science fiction and genre cinema. Of course, Pegg is a pretty huge nerd, and criticizing things we love is literally just sort of a past time for most us.
Pegg put up a post on his personal site to explain the comments (and he does a pretty good job of it), but buried in that wall of text is one important thing that’d be easy to miss.
What is that? Well, it’s title of the next Star Trek film.
Pegg is, of course, one of the writers of the upcoming third Abramsverse Star Trek film, which we’ve jokingly called Star Trek 3ish around here. Well, no more — because now we can refer to it by its proper title: Star Trek Beyond.
The Beyond title has been rumored for about a month now, but this is the first official confirmation of it. It’s not terrible, and it continues the attempts to grammatically fit the Star Trek franchise name into phrases awkwardly begun by Star Trek into Darkness.
Star Trek Beyond should hit theaters July 8, 2016.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we visit the DC Carnival of Sadness with news that Supergirl will be a procedural and that Zack Snyder wants a dark, gritty Green Lantern (oh, and there’s some Brainiac stuff in there too). We look forward to Community‘s season 6 premiere date, contemplate the return of The X-Files, and sing for joy at Simon Pegg co-writing the next Star Trek.
Trae also went to Nezumi Con, and talks about his experiences.
Since we heard that Robert Orci was completely out of the third Abramsverse Star Trek film, the question “who will write the film?” has been kind of dangling out there. Well, it looks like we finally have an answer.
According to Deadline, Simon Pegg will be penning the script along with writer Doug Jung.
Simon Pegg, of course, we all know as Scotty in the rebooted franchise, but unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re familiar with some of his writing credits too (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Paul, The World’s End, etc). Doug Jung’s credits aren’t quite as impressive, but he’s written… stuff. Like Dark Blue.
Yeah it’s not exciting, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be up for the job.
Honestly, this gives me hope for the project. Pegg is a massive geek who I think truly understands the franchise. It’s kind of funny though to think that back when Abrams was rebooting the franchise, Pegg almost said no to playing Scotty because he thought it was too intimidating.