If anything can be said of writer-actor Simon Pegg, it’s that he has had quite an interesting past year. Hitting the set of Star Trek Beyond after the madness of his role as consultant (and Unkar Plutt) on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pegg is living every fan’s dream by having a part in the two biggest sci-fi franchises of all time.
The third installment of the new Star Trek series has been shrouded in relative mystery until recently, after news broke that the second official trailer for the film would air during a fan event in May. This past week at CinemaCon, Pegg (who attended in order to present J.J. Abrams with the Showman of the Year award) spoke about Beyond, and how fans are already doing their part to influence the film.
When it came to expanding the universe of Star Trek in its current cinematic state, Pegg told with SuperHeroHype he and co-writer Doug Jung turned to the one source they new they could trust: the fans. Pegg spoke about Memory Alpha, which he describes as the ultimate online wiki for Star Trek, and how the folks behind the wiki helped out on the new film.
“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.”
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, and alongside an all-new CBS TV series in production under Hannibal‘s Bryan Fuller, Star Trek Beyond will continue the most recent take on the story of the classic TV series with Chris Pine in the lead as Capt. James Kirk and Zachary Quinto returning to the role of Spock. Pegg and Jung are writing, with Justin Lin in the director’s chair.
With the aforementioned work on Star Wars under his belt, Pegg may have picked up some influence from his long-time collaborator, J.J. Abrams. No stranger to working with fans or being one, Abrams famously hired two fans from the R2 Builder’s Club to bring BB-8 to life for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Details on production behind the new film have been kept pretty tightly under wraps with the rare share of new images or small details, so this may just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fan involvement on the new film.
Star Trek Beyond will open in theaters on May 22, 2016.