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Star Trek Beyond shows a new side of the enterprise crew. While J.J. Abrams‘ Trek films are very dedicated to Kirk and Spock’s relationship, Justin Lin‘s sequel breathes more life into the supporting characters. Thanks to screenwriters Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, they have more time to shine, especially “Bones” McCoy. The good doctor is played by Karl Urban, who almost passed on his third outing as the character.

Below, learn why we almost didn’t see Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond.

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Star Trek Beyond Set Visit

Last Summer, I visited the set of Star Trek Beyond in Vancouver, Canada. Find out what I learned on set, including how over 50 new alien species were created for this film in honor of Trek’s 50th anniversary, how director Justin Lin has put an end to JJ Abrams’ “camera hand jobs” (yes, you just read that right) and much much more.

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Just about any movie involving J.J. Abrams begins life in his famous “mystery box,” from intimate thrillers (10 Cloverfield Lane) to record-breaking blockbusters (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Some of them, however, stay there longer than others. Like the Julius Onah-directed God Particle. We first heard about the project all the way back in 2012, and while we’ve gotten periodic updates on it since then, most of the concrete details remain under lock and key.

As of today, however, we do finally know when all will be revealed. Paramount has set a 2017 release date for the Abrams-produced sci-fi thriller, which has a script by Oren Uziel. Get the God Particle release date and more after the jump.  Read More »

Bad Robot God Particle

Earlier this year, screenwriter Doug Jung joined Simon Pegg aboard the Enterprise to finally get that Star Trek Beyond script into shooting shape. Though it’ll be some time before we see how their efforts turned out, Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot, at least, seem pleased with the results so far. They’ve re-teaming with Jung to get the ball rolling on another of their projects, the low-budget sci-fi God ParticleRead More »

Simon Pegg Co-Writing ‘Star Trek 3’

Simon Pegg writing Star Trek 3

Simon Pegg has some big writing credits to his name — stuff you’ve probably seen, like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Spaced. Now he’s reportedly set to co-write Star Trek 3, and will work on the script with Doug Jung. Read More »

Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With David Goyer

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Briefly: How eager is Warner Bros. to keep David Goyer happy enough to stick around to do more work on the studio’s superhero stuff? The studio has just signed Goyer to a three-year first look deal. The deal kicks off with the development of “an untitled Hitchockian thriller with a grounded sci-fi element” that Doug Jung is now writing, and which Goyer will produce and potentially direct.

Deadline quotes Goyer:  “I was perfectly happy not having a deal [over the past six years], and just financed the overhead myself. Warner Bros graciously offered me a deal and they’ve provided the lion’s share of my employment over the last decade, so what the hell?”

You can bet that Goyer’s name and influence will be on Batman vs. Superman, and very likely on other DC Comics properties that the studio develops in the next couple years. The writer/director says the deal will involve “me helping the studio break story on some of their properties and them supporting me as a director,” and along the way this deal will hopefully allow Goyer the producer to get ideas pushed forward from new writers he works with via his television efforts.

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