Simon Pegg in Star Trek Into Darkness

As if writing a new installment of a beloved franchise weren’t stressful enough, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung had to do it in a shorter-than-usual timeframe for Star Trek Beyond. Pegg recalled the experience to Coming Soon:

It was fantastic fun. It was emotional highs and lows all the way because we were under a lot of pressure, because the timeframe was a lot smaller than it would normally be. You write a film of that size, you usually get a year or so, but I think we started maybe six months before we went into production, if that. Just under six months and we were already in pre-production, which meant that things had to be designed and set pieces had to be created and the pressure on us to deliver was extraordinary, but me and Doug Jung, together with Justin (Lin) and our producers Leslie, just stood up to it and did it, and actually by the time we started shooting, it had become pretty fun. It was tense the whole time, but it was a pretty amazing train set to get to play with.

Pegg also said it was a “possibility” that he could get involved with another Star Trek, which, duh. Star Trek Beyond opens July 22, 2016.

die hard prequel

Last week a screenwriter named Eric D. Wilkinson took out a full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to pitch his concept for the next Die Hard. While it remains to be seen if his gambit will pay off (probably not), it’s definitely earned him some attention, at the very least. Mark Millar added some ideas of his own, and now THR has asked Bruce Willis himself for his thoughts. The actor’s response was pretty noncommittal: “It seems far away right now,” he said. “I don’t know.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child artwork

The upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been described as the “eighth Harry Potter story.” Naturally, that raises the question of whether that means Daniel Radcliffe could reprise his role as Harry. But Radcliffe nipped that speculation in the bud on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live (via EW). “I’m getting asked a lot, ‘Would you play him?’ and I’m like, ‘No.’ Because I’ve done it. But it would be very weird to see someone else play him.”

Aliens comic

Ridley Scott‘s newly retitled Alien: Covenant won’t hit theaters for another two years, but we’ll get a chance to return to that universe in comic book form next year. Dark Horse Comics has announced a deluxe edition of its first Aliens comic book series, in celebration of the Aliens movie’s 30th anniversary. Written by Mark Verheiden and illustrated by Mark A. Nelson, the original six-issue Aliens comic book was published in 1988 and followed Corporal Hicks and a grown-up Newt.

Notably, the new hardcover edition will feature the original unabridged series, rather than the slightly edited reprints that renamed the characters Wilks and Billie to reflect Hicks and Newt’s fates in 1992’s Alien 3Aliens 30th Anniversary: The Original Comics Series hits shelves April 26.

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