Simon Pegg Suggests the Best Place for Star Trek is TV

Fans might have to wait for a long time before a new Star Trek will hit theaters. At least, that is what Simon Pegg’s recent comments on the future of the franchise suggest. In a recent interview with Collider, Pegg drew a comparison between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Trek franchise, explaining that the latter will never have the same appeal as the first.

“The fact is, the appeal of Star Trek is slightly more niche than the appeal of, say, the Marvel movies, which make huge amounts of money, and have this really, really broad appeal and they do very well,” Pegg said. “I think Star Trek is just a little bit more niche, so it isn’t gonna hit those kind of numbers. So yes, the obvious thing to do would be to not go for that massive spectacle, go for something a little bit more restrained in the vein of the original series. Yes, that would be a brilliant thing to do, and I’m sure it probably has been discussed… You specialize a little bit more.”

The actor portrayed Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the recent reboot of the Star Trek movies by director J.J. Abrams. After a promising start with 2009’s blockbuster, the cinematic franchise dramatically underperformed at the box office with the subsequent sequels.

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Pegg went on to add that the best-suited place for the adventures of the Enterprise USS is television, at least for now.

“Maybe TV is a better place for [Star Trek] now,” he added. “Television has evolved so much. It’s become something which is very much a contemporary, a peer of cinema. It’s simply viewed in a different way. It isn’t a reduced scope anymore. You can still do masses of interesting things, and it can still look modern and not inexpensive. Maybe television is a better format for Star Trek. That’s where it started, you know.”

The actor also hinted that Noah Hawley’s Star Trek film might happen sooner or later, but there is still a lot of skepticism surrounding that project.

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