For Simon Pegg, the pressure of co-writing Star Trek Beyond was initially so stressful that he quit more than once.
But J.J. Abrams was able to talk him back down from the ledge.
“I quit like three times, I think,” said Pegg. “Every time, J.J. Abrams said, ‘Oh come on, Simon.'”
Pegg and co-writer Doug Jung had to write quickly. “It’s been a very truncated process because of the time frame was a lot shorter than we’d normally have,” said Pegg. “It’s really forced us into action, you make use of the time you have.”
The duo was up to the challenge, in fact they wrote too much. Forty-five pages of script had to be cut, to get the movie down from three hours to two hours and fifteen minutes.
Pegg is relaxed enough now to joke about writing for an odd-numbered Trek movie. ”
“Funny, I remember there was a line in Spaced about certainty,” he says. “I said, ‘As sure as eggs is eggs, as sure as day follows night, as sure as every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is shit…’ – and I am now writing Star Trek 13. I think I would have been apoplectic with the irony of it all, you know. And I love thinking about that, the circularity of having been a fan of these things as a kid and now being part of them. And I feel very lucky and I feel – in my quietest, most private moments – proud of myself.”
Star Trek Beyond will debut next July.