In a new video interview, Simon Pegg updated fans on the progress of Star Trek Beyond.
I’ve seen two cuts of the movie,” he said, “and we’re just doing a little bit of ADR spotting, where you see if there’s anything that needs to be cleared up. It’s looking great. It’s been such a huge deal, this thing. Getting to write a Star Trek film and the task that lay ahead of us in terms of what we had to do was daunting and stressful at times, but it became enormous fun. Once we got back together with the gang and putting it on film and seeing what Justin was doing, and I can’t wait for people to see it.”
Pegg sought to bring a fresh new story to Star Trek Beyond. “Let’s combine the philosophies and tenets of the Star Trek universe with bigger set pieces and exciting stuff,” he said. “Let’s see Kirk and the guys doing stuff we haven’t seen them do before because we just literally haven’t been able to do that.
“But that’s not at the expense of the other stuff. Star Trek is a very thoughtful story. It’s a very intelligent, hopeful projection of our own futures, and that’s something we have to hang on to.”
As for fans concerned about Justin Lin directing the movie? “I hate people saying that because it’s Justin Lin it’s just going to be Fast & Furious in space,” said Pegg. “It’s a kind of reductive, asinine criticism. Justin’s history as a filmmaker started off with a Sundance movie called Better Luck Tomorrow. He’s a smart, sensitive guy. The fact that he was able to energize the Fast & Furious series is a testament to his smarts as a filmmaker. He’s not just the car chase guy.”