‘Star Trek 3′ Reflects ‘Spirit of the TV Show,’ Simon Pegg Says

Rejoice, Trekkies! The latest sequel to the rebooted “Star Trek” franchise will capture the spirit of the original TV show.

Co-writer and star Simon Pegg told Comic Book Resources that “Star Trek 3,” whose script was recently completely overhauled, will have more familiar notes than the previous two films.

“I think we just want to take it forward with the spirit of the TV show,” Pegg told the site.

Pegg, who will return to play engineering chief Scotty, also said that the new film will be infused with the same optimism and sense of adventure that characterized the original stories.

“And it’s a story about frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun, and that’s where we want to take it, you know, where no man has gone before — where no one has gone before, sensibly corrected for a slighter more enlightened generation,” he said. “But yeah, that’s the mood at the moment.”

“Star Trek 3” has passed through the hands of several directors since the third installment was first announced. J.J. Abrams, who steered the first two ships, took a back seat as producer in order to take charge of the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” He passed the baton to writer-director Roberto Orci, who was later given the boot for “Fast Five’s” Justin Lin.

The film is slated for release in July 2016.

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