Simon Pegg has revealed that the script for Star Trek 3 is “almost ready”, with shooting scheduled to begin in Vancouver in a month’s time.
Pegg recently revealed that he was asked, along with co-writer Dong Jung, to re-write the script in order to make the storyline less “Star Trek-y” and more like the uber-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe – meaning the writers have faced a tight deadline to get the script finished in time.
In an interview with the Radio Times, Pegg acknowledged that the Star Trek storyline and universe have been viewed by many as “stories for anoraks” and that this may have affected the popularity of the newest series of films:
“People don’t see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers. We started again six months before we were due to start shooting, which is insane! In fact we start shooting in Vancouver in four weeks – and we’re only handing in our first draft today.”
The sequel, which is directed by The Fast and Furious‘s Justin Lin, will see the return of all the reboot’s major characters including Captain Kirk (Chris Pine), Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Lieutenant Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Idris Elba has been rumoured to play the film’s villain.
Star Trek 3 is set to hit cinemas on July 8, 2016.