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How Simon Pegg Helped the Fans Have a Say in 'Star Trek: Beyond'


Giving the fans what they want is always a slippery slope. It's usually because it's not done right, i.e. Star Trek: Into Darkness writers Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci's insistence that the fans wanted Khan in the film when no self-respecting Star Trek fan wanted Khan anywhere near that movie. Nevertheless, there is a right way to enlist fan input, and it appears that Simon Pegg actually went that route when helping to craft the script for the Into Darkness follow-up Star Trek: Beyond.

While speaking at last week's CinemaCon, as reported on by Superhero Hype, Pegg said that while writing the script, he and co-writer Doug Jung consulted Star Trek fan site Memory Alpha, which proved an invaluable source of information...

“We had the entirety of ‘Star Trek’ history at our disposal and it’s always there online,” says Pegg. “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.”

He also said that they're thankfully finally done aping the previous Trek films...

“No,” said Pegg when asked about potential Search For Spock parallels in Beyond, “although we were obviously aware of the coincidence of those two films. That might be a little nod for fans perhaps, but it’s certainly not something that the film depends upon or has any relationship to the plot of the previous ‘Star Trek III.'”

Thank goodness for that. It does look like they're going in their own direction with the new film, and we'll all find out how that turns out when Star Trek: Beyond hits theaters July 22.

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