Writer Simon Pegg promises Star Trek 3 will embrace the spirit of the TV series

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

The upcoming Star Trek sequel got a major shot of additional geek cred when co-star Simon Pegg signed on to help write the script, and the Shaun of the Dead star is saying all the right things about where they’re taking the Enterprise next.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Pegg touched on his role in the upcoming Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation action spectacle, and what it’s like palling around with J.J. Abrams. But the really juicy stuff came when he turned his attention to the process of actually writing Star Trek 3. We already knew Pegg was a bit terrified by the opportunity, but now he’s pulled back the curtain to let us know the vibe they’re aiming for with the latest installment.

Since the first two films didn’t get too far outside our established corner of the universe, Pegg said they’re hoping to channel that spirit of exploration and visiting new worlds that made Star Trek: The Original Series such a seminal work of science fiction. Here’s the choice excerpt: 

“But 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.”

After Star Trek literally and figuratively went Into Darkness on the last outing, we couldn’t be more excited to hear Pegg utter the word “fun” in regard to the sequel. Do you think they can get this thing right without Abrams at the helm?

(Via Comic Book Resources)