Simon Pegg has found himself involved with some of the biggest franchises in the world. The actor is currently out on the interview circuit for his latest appearance in the Tom Cruise mega-franchise “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” And while he’s out there promoting that film, the Edmonton Journal caught up with Pegg to ask him about that other franchise he’s currently starring in, “Star Trek.”
We already know that the as-yet-untitled “Star Trek 4” is being produced with director S.J. Clarkson becoming the first female filmmaker to helm a ‘Trek’ film. But other than that, there’s not much news as to what we can expect in ‘Trek 4’ or what’s going on with that mythical Quentin Tarantino “Star Trek” film that everyone is excited for but is still unconfirmed.
“I’ve met with S.J. and she’s fizzing with ideas and she has the right attitude,” Pegg said. “She’s reverent, but she’s not slavish. In terms of the story, I have a vague knowledge, but it’s nothing I can talk about. I’m also doing something that is separate to that.”
So, will we get the rumored return of Chris Hemsworth as Captain Kirk’s father? Or perhaps Clarkson and the writers are taking the franchise in another direction? We’ll just have to wait and see.
However, about that Tarantino ‘Trek’ project, Pegg is less certain. We definitely know that Tarantino has spoken with J.J. Abrams about a “Star Trek” project, but outside of a couple mentions by people in the franchise, there’s really nothing else known about the potential film. And if you hear Pegg describe it, we shouldn’t be holding our breath for the eventual film, especially if we’re hoping this new 2009 ‘Trek’ cast is involved.
“Quentin’s idea is another thing,” he says. “He came in to Bad Robot and pitched it and it’s been put in the bank. I think he had us in mind when he came up with the idea; he likes the new cast. But he’s going to be so busy with ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ that I can’t see him doing it for five or six years, by which time we might be too old anyway.”
As Pegg mentions, Tarantino is knee deep in production on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” and that film won’t see release until next summer. Of course, Tarantino has never been one to rush into a new project, so the timeline provided by Pegg could become reality. If that’s the case, maybe we’ll see a grizzled older version of the “Nu-Trek” cast tackle the project, or perhaps a brand new crew will bring Tarantino’s vision to life.
Either way, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.