Star Trek Beyond will most likely be a very refreshing take on the franchise, judging by a recent interview with Simon Pegg.
The actor, who's also co-wrote (collaborating with Doug Jung) the new film in the series, spoke to Empire about their take on Star Trek, including specific details and some overarching themes trekkies can expect for the rebooted franchise entry.
Pegg revealed that the fans will find the Enterprise crew ready to take a break from the endless voyage. "They've come to rest at a Federation outpost, a sort of diplomatic hub," he told the British film magazine.
Pegg went on to stress on the fact that Kirk (Chris Pine) and crew will be confronted by something of an existential crises. "What's the point of it all?" Pegg said. "We're gathering a great community within the galaxy, but to what end? What does it all mean?"
Hints of the crew's attitude could be seen in the first trailer of Star Trek Beyond, which employs a lot of humor.
Director Justin Lin is also in line with Pegg's through process and believes it's high time they took a new look at the franchise.
"This is the 50th anniversary," he's quoted saying in the same piece. "I felt like it was important to really deconstruct the idea of Star Trek, the idea of the Federation and why it's special. We'll really be poking at a lot of different things."
In fact, this time around, everything about the movie will be slightly off kilter it seems. The team behind Star Trek Beyond is heading into pretty bold territory and taking the non-traditional route.
In a recent interview with Coming Soon about the movie. Pegg revealed that fans of the movie actually contributed in the writing of it. Memory Alpha, the Wiki page for the Star Trek series, was a well of ideas for the crew of writers for Star Trek Beyond.
"We had the entirety of Star Trek history at our disposal and it's always there online," he said. "There's an amazing Wikipedia online called Memory Alpha. It became Doug [Jung] 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."
Star Trek Beyond is the third entry in the rebooted sci-fi franchise, which already includes Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into the Darkness (2013). The first two were helmed by J.J. Abrams, who's now busy producing the Star Wars sequels, so this one is directed by Fast & Furious reviver Justin Lin with the familiar crew of Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Bones (Karl Urban), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), Sulu (John Cho) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) all set to return.