Simon Pegg explains how fans helped write Star Trek Beyond

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Apr 20, 2016, 3:26 PM EDT

When tasked with writing the script for Star Trek Beyond, Simon Pegg turned to a vital resource to get things right.

Speaking backstage at CinemaCon last week, Pegg told Coming Soon that an online depository of Star Trek information created and maintained by fans was an indispensable tool for him and co-writer Doug Jung while penning the screenplay:

“We had the entirety of Star Trek history at our disposal and it’s always there online. There’s an amazing Wikipedia online called Memory Alpha. It became Doug and my resource and the place that we’d turn to whenever we wanted to know, ‘What kind of weapons does an NX vessel carry?’ Memory Alpha has it. We actually wrote to the Memory Alpha guys and got them to name a certain device in the movie. I sent them a letter saying, ‘Can you come up with this for me?’ In two hours, they came back with an entire etymological history of what the thing was. It’s beautiful. It’s fantastic to have that support network."

I'll agree with Pegg there: Memory Alpha is a blast just to browse through if you're a Trek fan, filled with tons of information about every iteration of the franchise and lots of trivia and random info that even hardcore fans might be surprised to learn. He and Jung could probably not have a better resource at their fingertips when wanting to get the details of the Star Trek universe right -- and it's especially nice that they reached out personally to the fans who run it.

We'll see the fruits of their labors this summer when Star Trek Beyond hits theaters, but in the meantime Pegg was also asked about the new Star Trek series coming soon from CBS and showrunner Bryan Fuller, and whether it has any impact on what's happening in the film series:

“Absolutely not! Star Trek has existed for 50 years in very different iterations. There are so many different points from the history of the Federation, from the very beginnings in Enterprise to much later on with Voyager and Next Generation. This is a story that will go on and on. It’s a continuing mission. It must have life on television as well as film. It started out as a TV show. It’s home was television. I’m overjoyed at that news and I can’t wait to see what they do.”

The new Star Trek series will debut in 2017, but Star Trek Beyond arrives on the big screen on July 22 to celebrate the franchise's 50th anniversary.