“Star Trek 3” cast member and writer Simon Pegg reveals that the first draft of the film was too “Star Trek-y” for studio executives.
“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them.
I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y,” the “Shaun of the Dead” actor told The Guardian .
“Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5bn dollars.
Star Trek: Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant,” he said.
“But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1bn worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek.
And they want to know why.” “People don’t see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers,” he explained, adding “make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent”.
According to an article by Screen Rant , Paramount wants to make the latest “Trek” film more like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which earned $774 million at the box office despite featuring lesser known characters from the Marvel Universe.
Series producer Roberto Orci was supposed to debut as a director with the third film, but suddenly gave up the directors chair for undisclosed reasons.
Orci, however, is still involved with the project as a producer.
Since Orci’s exit as a director, Paramount has hired “Fast & Furious” director Justin Lin to helm the third film.
The Enterprise crew consists of Chris Pine as Captain James Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu, and Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov.
All are expected to reprise their roles in “Star Trek 3.” The movie arrives in theaters on Jul.