Any New ‘Star Trek’ Movies Coming? Simon Pegg Gives It to Us Straight
It’s a great time to be a Trekkie. Star Trekfans have a pick of the litter of stuff to watch, from the copious back catalog of classic shows and movies (The Next Generation being my favorite), to the current slate of shows like Discovery, Picard, and the just-announced Pike-centered spinoff Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. But what of the “Kelvin timeline”? The trilogy of rebooted films helmed by J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin featuring the OG cast of characters played by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Simon Pegg? Will we ever get another big screen adventure with this capable cast?
Pegg recently chatted with our own Steve Weintraub for his upcoming movie Inheritance, and when the subject of more Star Trek films came up, Pegg put it bluntly: “Star Trek, I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know.” But it isn’t because of lack of desire. Pegg said that he’d “love to work with those guys again, and obviously Star Trek is very dear to me, so we’ll see what the future holds.” But for Pegg, one unfortunate truth casts a glow over the idea of a future film: The accidental 2016 death of Yelchin.
The rest of Pegg’s Star Trek family has still been staying in touch, however:
The Noah Hawley project he’s referring to is a new Star Trek film the Fargo and Legion helmer is undertaking. Hawley’s plans likely involve a new cast playing new characters, and Hawley explicitly said, “I don’t think of it as Star Trek 4, to be reductive. This is a new beginning.” Based on Pegg’s comments here, it sounds like Pegg indeed has nothing to do with the project — if that project is, indeed, still on the table.
Pegg went on to muse about what creatively and financially successful future Star Trek films could look like, while conceding a fact many fans have oft felt in secret:
Pegg concluded his thought with something I’m sure many hardcore Trekkies will be quick to agree with:
And with that final, winking joke, Pegg reminded us exactly why Star Trek‘s future just might be its past; and, exactly why we’d still love to see him play Scotty on the big screen again.
Check out the full clip below. For more from Star Trek, here’s the latest we’ve heard on Quentin Tarantino‘s now-aborted take on the property.