After battling rogue Romulans from a future timelime and the notorious villain Khan from Earth’s past, the USS Enterprise is poised to journey back to the roots of the original television series in “Star Trek 3,” according to Simon Pegg.
And that journey could land the title “Star Trek Beyond,” according to TrekMovie.com. Although the name is not confirmed by Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, it was reportedly registered with the Motion Picture Association of America.
Like the possible “Star Trek Beyond” name suggests, the film is warping into the final frontier for this tale, and Pegg, who is co-writing the film in addition to returning to play engineering officer Scotty, recently revealed that he and co-writer Doug Jung ("Dark Blue") are finding inspiration by watching episodes of “Star Trek: The Original Series” as they work.
"We had a really intensive session a couple weeks ago,” Pegg told MTV. “Every evening, when we'd done enough work, when we felt like we'd completed enough pages, we'd go and sit and watch a couple episodes of the original series to feel like we were reacquainting ourselves with it a little bit.
“It's an incredible show when you watch it. How little they had. We think of Star Trek as this huge thing. It started out as these little thoughtful plays dealing with human and intellectual ideas. It's become something else now. We're in a different world now."
Pegg says Star Trek has to evolve, but he still intends to invest heavily in its spirit. He wants to “get back to the essence of what it is, and ... make a Star Trek for today that doesn't forget where it came from."
In addition, Pegg seems to confirm that actor Idris Elba (“Beasts of No Nation,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) is locked in to play the villain in the sequel.
"I think so," he said, "as far as I know."
Elba was rumored to be playing a Klingon, but Pegg is describing his part as an original character.
"This is the five-year mission now; we're out there," Pegg explained. "We don't always have to keep bumping into the same people. ... It's a massive universe. So we're gonna try and reflect that in the movie. Idris is an extraordinary actor and we're trying to write him a kick-ass role."
"Star Trek 3" kicks off production in June with The Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin at the helm. Bryan Burke, David Ellison and J.J. Abrams will produce the film, which is slated to open in theaters July 8, 2016, in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary.
Along with Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and John Cho will reprise their roles as crew members of Gene Roddenberry's legendary USS Enterprise. Sofia Boutella, who appeared in Matthew Vaughn's “Kingsman: The Secret Service," will also appear.