December 7, 2016


Is 'Star Trek 4' Being Written, And Are The Nerds Behind 'Beyond' Secretly Writing It?

Star Trek 4, the follow-up to this year's Star Trek Beyond, was confirmed in July by J.J Abrams. The man who rebooted the franchise on the big screen in 2009 and pushed it forward with 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness said it's "100 percent yes, and it's incredibly exciting." Although there's no release date or director yet, the signing of screenwriters J.D. Payne (an uncredited writer on Beyond) and Patrick McKay was announced days after Abrams' comment.

So what are Simon Pegg and Doug Jung doing in the tweet above, at the office of Bad Robot, Abrams' production company, which is back on board for Star Trek 4?

Well, they're looking at their laptops, and, numerous outlets presume, drafting Star Trek 4. These frequent collaborators couldn't just be teaming up on anything—these two have only done Star Trek Beyond together. And while Pegg is as busy as an actor as he is a screenplay-smith, Jung's main gig is writing, and IMDb's got nothing on his slate except the already-wrapped God Particle. So it's not at all crazy to guess that he, and, equally likely, Pegg are replacing Payne and McKay on Star Trek 4, or at least working with them.

Here's the official description for the next entry in the saga:

“In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father. Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s Star Trek, will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.”

Next, geek the eff out with Fuse at New York Comic Con 2016: