Earlier this year, Trekkies saw JJ. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot return to theaters when its third film debuted. Star Trek Beyond rushed into theaters with critical backing, but its box-office failed to live up to Paramount’s expectations. The sci-fi thriller lagged with its earnings, but Abrams insisted a fourth Star Trek film would be on its way. The studio did confirm the director was spot-on, but there’s been little talk of the film since.
Well, until now. Over on Twitter, fans are convinced that Simon Pegg is teasing them about his involvement with the project - and their evidence is pretty convincing.
Taking to social media, Pegg posted a photo of himself sitting behind his laptop while writer Doug Jung sits by his side. To their left, fans can also see the mascot for Abrams’ production studio Bad Robot, a company which works on the Star Trek franchise. As for the two writers, they worked together on the Star Trek Beyond script, so fans believe this new picture hints they are already working on a script for Star Trek 4.
“Today…” is what Pegg captioned the photo. The cryptic message has left fans wondering if his post is an unofficial nod to Star Trek 4’s pre-production. If it is, then fans appear to be excited about the prospect; Many applauded Pegg and his comedic quips from Star Trek Beyond, so his involvement with scripting the fourth movie would be a definite bonus.
However, the duo do conflict with previous reports from Paramount. Previously, the studio said J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay would handle the script for Star Trek 4. If Pegg and Jung return, then it would clash with Paramount’s report.
For now, fans will have to wait and see whether Paramount will release any official word on Star Trek 4 and its anticipated pre-production. The studio has assured fans the next movie will feature plenty of gripping action, and audiences are interested to see just where the rebooted series will go next.
When Star Trek 4 does hit theaters, it will do so with a returning cast member at its side. Chris Hemsworth, who played Captain Kirk’s father, will return to the series alongside Chris Pine and many others. Sadly, Anton Yelchin will be missing from the film; The actor passed in a tragic accident this summer, and Abrams’ has stressed the team behind Star Trek has no plans to recast for Pavel Chekov.
Today... pic.twitter.com/XJ31AmYprg— Pegg News (@simonpegg) December 6, 2016
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