Long before Simon Pegg was the writer on Star Trek Beyond, there were rumors that Paramount wanted to make it something different than Star Trek. The rumors said they saw the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, and wanted to turn their Star Trek into something like that. Some fans dismissed that as impossible, as how would Paramount torpedo the Trek franchise on its 50th anniversary, but now it appears those rumors are true.
The Guardian talked to Simon Pegg about writing Star Trek Beyond, and he had this to say:
â€œThey had a script for Star Trek that wasnâ€™t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y,â€ he said of the original draft.
So what does Paramount want Star Trek Beyond to be like?
He added: â€œPeople donâ€™t see it being a fun, brightly coloured, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers,â€ adding that the solution was to â€œmake a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so itâ€™s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticentâ€.
So instead of making a Star Trek movie, Paramount wants to make a generic heist movie and just slap the Trek characters into it?
Stick a fork in Trek, it’s done.
We’ll likely never see it on TV again because Paramount probably wouldn’t want a television show where the cast flies through space on a starship because the target audience wouldn’t want that. If they were to produce a Star Trek show on television it’d probably be some intergalactic talent contest with Star Trek characters just tossed into it, because that seems to be the dumbed-down audience they’re going for with the Star Trek movies now.
It’s a shame that Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek couldn’t make it to its 50th anniversary before being completely destroyed out of pure box office greed.