The 2017 Oscars race continues to take shape, and for visual effects, the race is down to 20 contenders.
After playing Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg assumed a behind-the-scenes role on this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, co-writing the screenplay with Doug Jung. The writing process for Beyond was uniquely accelerated, with Pegg and Jung beginning work on their script in early 2015, mere months before director Justin Lin started shooting the film last summer.
Doug Jung was best known for his work on earthbound TV shows like Dark Blue and Big Love, but lately he’s been spending a lot of time in outer space. Jung co-wrote this summer’s Star Trek Beyond with Simon Pegg, and he’s also worked on next year’s God Particle, a mysterious astronaut movie that may or may not be the third entry in the Cloverfield series.
Simon Pegg has fans in high places. The Star Trek Beyond actor and co-writer recently discussed the sci-fi threequel with Kate Rubins, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, and she gave it her stamp of approval.
“I think probably I had the best view because I watched it from our cupola, which is our windows facing the Earth,” Rubins said while bobbing in zero gravity. She added, “Your special effects guys get it right. It absolutely feels like a space station.”
Donald Trump has earned the wrath of the Enterprise. A group called Trek Against Trump railed against the Republican presidential nominee in an open letter endorsed by a number of cast and crew involved with the Star Trek franchise.
Coming into an established franchise and following in the footsteps of J.J. Abrams can be intimidating, but for Justin Lin a conversation with the Star Trek director was enough to help him make Star Trek Beyond his own.
In an exclusive video from the Star Trek Beyond Digital HD release, Lin recalls a discussion he had with Abrams not long after taking the directing gig on the latest film in the historic franchise.
When we first met Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek, he was a wild young man, motivated to join Starfleet almost out of spite. That’s all changed at the beginning of Star Trek Beyond, which finds Kirk in the middle of his five-year mission. “What he’s lost are those motivating factors that compelled him and propelled him in the beginning,” explains Pine. “He’s a man now. He’s raged. He’s done well. And then it’s like he says to himself: ‘And now what? If I don’t have these things propelling me, do I even want to be here, still?’”
Nearly tripling the grosses of its fellow new wide releases, Star Trek Beyond earned a solid estimated $59.6 million on 3,928 screens over its opening weekend. Still, Beyond’s numbers mark the lowest debut for the franchise since Star Trek: Nemesis flopped with $18.5 million back in 2002.
J.J. Abrams is very excited about the next Star Trek film.
Speaking to EW at the premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday night, Abrams said the story for the franchise’s fourth feature is his “favorite Star Trek story that we’ve had.”
Star Trek Beyond helped kick off San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday night with an outdoor IMAX screening, accompanied by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra performing the live score. But before the film began, the cast paid tribute to their late costar Anton Yelchin.
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