Recently, Simon Pegg had some things to say about the next Star Trek - specifically, that he wasn't crazy about the marketing campaign for Star Trek Beyond and that the R-rating on Quentin Tarantino's Trek script was far from a sure thing. Now the actor's popped up on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, where he's got even more to say.
For starters: about all that marketing campaign talk (all of the following quotes courtesy The Playlist, by the way)...
“I’ve gotten into…it’s not hot water at all, but it’s gotten picked up a lot because I’d mentioned that I wasn’t happy with the way the film was marketed. It was a big year for Star Trek and it felt like that was not ever embraced. I think sometimes people get scared of the Star Trek fanbase as being a kind of closed shop and if we were to mention Star Trek in some way it would somehow turn all the other people who hadn’t seen Star Trek off. I dunno, it just felt like an odd thing to do. I think the person responsible for that [campaign] is not there anymore.”
Y'know what? We're with him on all of this. The marketing campaign on Star Trek Beyond wasn't great, and it definitely felt like it fumbled the ball in terms of trumpeting the franchise's 50th anniversary.
Now, as for the ongoing rumor that Tarantino may be planning to direct the next Star Trek, Pegg has the following to say:
“I don’t think Quentin is going to direct it. Because he’s got his California movie [Once Upon A Time In Hollywood] to do and then I think only doing one more film after that. And I doubt, I don’t think he could get around to directing a Star Trek in two-three years.”
This has all become a little topsy-turvy, so let's recap where we're at: Quentin Tarantino, who's currently gearing up to shoot Once Upon A Time In Hollywood for a 2019 release, had an original concept for a Star Trek movie. That concept is being turned into a script by The Revenant's Mark L. Smith, and is one of two scripts currently being wrangled together by the folks at Paramount (the other day we heard that Pegg himself might be writing one of these scripts with Doug Jung, but - as it turns out - Pegg says that's not the case).
In other words: there are two Star Trek screenplays in play, one of which is based on a concept by Quentin Tarantino, who may or may not direct said script should it prove more attractive to Star Trek's gatekeepers than the other version that's being worked on. Got all that?
This has been a wild ride thus far, and we're very curious to see where it goes next. Stay tuned for further Star Trek updates as they become available.