After a rocky beginning with Roberto Orci leaving the helmer’s chair and a full reworking of the script, ‘Star Trek 3’ is finally in production! To tease fans, Justin Lin (who took over directing duties), tweeted the first set photo and announced the official title of the film!
Let the next Starfleet voyage begin! #StarTrekBeyond #LLAP pic.twitter.com/VZh9YvJgqA
— Justin Lin (@trailingjohnson) June 29, 2015
When first announced that Simon Pegg, who also plays Montgomery Scott (a.k.a. Scotty) in the film, would be taking on rewriting the film’s script, he gave fans a hint of what the film would be about and that it was about time the Enterprise began its mission television fans have come to know:
“I think we just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know. Where no man has gone before – where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation. But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”
But it was Idris Elba (while talking about his villainous role in the film) who was very specific about where ‘Star Trek Beyond’ would be going:
“This is the five-year mission now, we’re out there. We don’t always have to keep bumping into the same people…It’s a massive universe. So we’re gonna try and reflect that in the movie.”
It will be a nice change to finally see this Captain Kirk and his crew finally begin their 5 year journey and with a new set of writers and director, it will also be interesting to see how the tone of the movie will differentiate itself from the past two J.J. Abrams films. Considering Paramount already has Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto signed on for a fourth ‘Star Trek’ film, we can only ascertain that the studio liked Pegg’s script enough to think ‘Star Trek Beyond’ will be a box office hit and another sequel is in the bag.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ opens in theaters July 8, 2016 in time for the franchise’s 50 anniversary.