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This week, Neil Calloway takes a dim view of Simon Pegg’s comments on the film industry…
This week Simon Pegg cited the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard in an attempt to clarify comments made in an earlier interview about the infantilization of film. Pegg said this “as a society, we are kept in a state of arrested development by dominant forces in order to keep us more pliant. We are made passionate about the things that occupied us as children as a means of drawing our attentions away from the things we really should be invested in, inequality, corruption, economic injustice etc.”
Not only does it sound like slightly like the crazed, paranoid ramblings of a minor character from Spaced, it’s also not true; media moguls do not sit in smoke filled rooms with politicians trying to work out how to distract from famine and pestilence; they make money »
- Neil Calloway
According to The Tracking Board, Paramount, Bad Robot and Skydance Productions are already in early development on Mission: Impossible 6, which will see Cruise returning to produce alongside DaviD Ellison, Dana Golberg and J.J. Abrams.
See Also: Watch the trailer for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The site reports that “none of the cast members are officially set, but the team ensemble is expected to return, having been on board for the first two installments of the somewhat rebooted new trilogy.”
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is set for release on July 31st, with Christopher McQuarrie directing Cruise alongside fellow franchise veterans Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames and new additions Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), Sean Harris (Prometheus) and Alec Baldwin »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Pegg had some strong words this week about the “infantilization” of our society caused by today’s blockbusters, and not all of his fans took his quotes kindly. But does Pegg have a point? We discuss the state of geekdom along with all the other top stories of the week, including Disney’s latest live-action picture, trailers for Pan, Amy, and Steve Jobs, and new projects about The Girl on the Train and Brian Epstein. Plus, give all your money to our Wtf of the Week, Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves. Find us on iTunes and send comments and questions to newseditor ‘at’ soundonsight.org.
Reese Witherspoon to play live-action Tinkerbell Peter Pan is the chosen one in first trailer for Joe Wright’s Pan Cannes ’15: Amy Winehouse is a star born again in new doc trailer and clip Week in Review: The New York Times will »
- Brian Welk
Considering the high-octane action sequel Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, which stars superstar Tom Cruise (Edge Of Tomorrow) alongside an ensemble cast that includes Jeremy Renner (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Rebecca Ferguson (Hercules), and Alec Baldwin (The Departed), hasn't even opened yet, this new report may be a tad premature, but according to The Tracking Board, Paramount may already be in the early stages of developing Mission: Impossible 6, which is expected to round out the new trilogy that started with Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. Cruise, J.J. Abrams, David Ellison, and Dana Goldberg are all back on as producers for the sixth film with Don Granger and Matt Grimm serving as executive producers and Elizabeth Raposo overseeing development. It's too early to say which cast members will be back, but the report claims that the full ensemble is expected to return, which »
Could a sixth film in the "Mission: Impossible" series already be in the works?
The Tracking Board reports that Paramount is wasting no time in keeping the momentum of its "Mission: Impossible" franchise going with a follow-up to this coming July's fifth film "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" said to already be in development.
- Garth Franklin
It’s that time of the week again. We’re certainly looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, and if you were too busy to stay on top of all the news this week, we’ve got a round-up of all the stories you need to catch up on. Below you’ll find a round-up of trailers for summer […]
- Ethan Anderton
The actor and writer - who also plays Scottie in the series - said that the studio was "worried" that a previous version of the script wouldn't appeal to casual cinema-goers.
"But it means that, according to the studio, there's still one billion dollars worth of »
Simon Pegg has a real knack for saying things I agree with in a way that drives people completely insane. I've known Pegg for a little over a decade now, and I was a fan for a year or two before that thanks to "Spaced." It's been quite clear in that time that he takes genre very seriously, and that his fandom is genuine. One of the reasons "Spaced" connected to people who saw it was because it was clearly coming from people who spoke that same secret language that we all do as fans, and we could see ourselves in the characters. Edgar Wright's voice as a filmmaker builds off of the visual vocabulary of many of our genre heroes. One of the reasons I am inordinately curious about "Star Trek Beyond" is because Pegg is one of the writers of the film, meaning he's playing a key »
- Drew McWeeny
Paramount wants the new Star Trek film to have a broader appeal, as the studio eyes Avengers numbers...
Currently on the promotional trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy Man Up (which is in UK cinemas at the end of next week), Simon Pegg has been chatting a little more about the Star Trek film he's currently co-writing with Doug Jung. As he's said before, the pair have until June to finish the script off.
Pegg, chatting to the Radio Times, revealed that he'd been asked to make sure this particular Star Trek movie was "more inclusive".
He continued, saying that "they had a script for Star Trek that wasn't really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little too Star Trek-y". That, presumably, is referring to the draft put together in part by Roberto Orci, who was originally earmarked to direct »
British actor Simon Pegg (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) recently opened up to the Radio Times about his thoughts on geek culture. While his somewhat controversial rant about the "dumbing down" of modern cinema may have seized headlines, it was his comments about the upcoming Star Trek sequel that made for a far more interesting read. Earlier this year, Pegg was revealed to be co-writing the sequel to Jj Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, following Roberto Orci's departure from the project. Rumored to be titled Star Trek Beyond, details about the film's plot have so-far been sketchy at best, but Pegg revealed that the higher-ups at Paramount have been pushing for a "more inclusive" tone this time around: "They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. »
Simon Pegg is still a nerd and proud of it.
This week however the nerd community was ready to cast him out on account of some comments he made to the Radio Times. Pegg, who despite writing Star Trek 3 and leading the Cornetto Trilogy and likely cameoing in Star Wars VII, felt that he might one day “retire from geekdom” and pursue “serious acting” because of the “dumbing down” of our culture due to these movies.
“Part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste,” Pegg said. “Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, superheroes… Adults are watching this stuff, and taking it seriously…It is a kind of dumbing down in a way, because it’s taking our focus away from real-world issues. Films used to be about challenging, emotional journeys or »
- Brian Welk
Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Simon Pegg talks to the press, and gets fans bickering about what it all means. In this case, though, Pegg’s controversial comments aren’t about the secret cameos in the next Star Wars movie, or about the true identity of a Star Trek villain, but about the very state of mainstream […]
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- Angie Han
Back in January it was revealed that Simon Pegg had signed on to rework the script for Star Trek 3, which had originally been penned by Roberto Orci, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. No official reason was given, but now Pegg – who is co-writing with Doug Jung – has revealed to The Guardian that the studio felt the previous draft was “too Star Trek-y”.
“They had a script for Star Trek that wasn’t really working for them. I think the studio was worried that it might have been a little bit too Star Trek-y. Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5bn dollars. Star Trek Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1bn worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why. »
- Gary Collinson
Simon Pegg won the hearts and minds of nerds long ago, but the Shaun of the Dead actor keeps racking up impressive achievements that keep him at the epicenter of everything geeky in Hollywood. Currently, the actor is co-writing the script for Star Trek 3 (believed to be titled Star Trek Beyond), in which he’ll also reprise the role of Scotty, and trying to strike a balance between the more commercial feel of J.J. Abrams’ big-screen predecessors (2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness) with the more adventurous tone of the original series.
Speaking with Radio Times, Pegg revealed that it hasn’t been easy getting the script right for the threequel. Before he came aboard, Paramount had some odd concerns with Roberto Orci’s treatment for the film (last year, the producer had convinced the studio to let him direct the pic on the condition that »
- Isaac Feldberg
When is a "Star Trek" movie not a "Star Trek" movie? This doesn't seem to be a problem the suits at Paramount are aware of. If J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot pushed the franchise in the modern age while keeping the integrity of the property at its core, 2013's"Star Trek Into Darkness" completely missed the mark, devolving into a bland sci-fi action movie that had Spock uncharacteristically running down bad guys in the film's climax. Similarly, it would seem that as far as the third installment for the reboot goes, the studio is less concerned about doing what's right for the brand than it is attempting to find the formula for massive box office success. Speaking with Radio Times, Simon Pegg, aka Scotty, who has been tasked with co-writing the script for "Star Trek 3," reveals that Paramount had some interesting concerns about the first draft that was submitted before he arrived. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...
The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.
Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.
The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »
Actor/writer Simon Pegg dropped some truth bombs yesterday about nerd culture, and while some were taken aback by his comments (which only served to reinforce his thinking), many (myself included) found them refreshingly honest. But just because Pegg is able to think critically about his passions doesn’t mean he’s forsaking them entirely. It’s quite the opposite, as he’s currently co-writing the screenplay for Star Trek 3, which is likely titled Star Trek Beyond. Paramount was always going to make some changes on this next Trek film given that J.J. Abrams was departing the director’s chair for a galaxy far, far away, and it’s taken them a bit to get the film to a place that they’re comfortable with. Roberto Orci, who co-wrote and co-produced the first two Trek movies, was initially in line to direct Star Trek 3 and was overseeing the writing of the script. »
- Adam Chitwood
It's turning into a rough week for fanboys. Simon Pegg worried about the "dumbing down" of culture thanks to the obsessive seriousness with which comic book movies and the like are treated (he also expanded more eloquently on those thoughts later). And now, a longtime target of fanboy rage, Damon Lindelof, is arguing that the community has become so cynical — which he sees as some kind of cred traded among geeks — they won't be able to actually admit they enjoyed his upcoming "Tomorrowland" (read our review). Read More: Watch: Discover Brad Bird's 'Tomorrowland' With George Clooney In This New Trailer "There's this great thing in all of us where we want to hope, we want to believe. But then what happens? We saw that hope with Obama's first election … and then, with the second election, the cynicism sets in. We all want to be activated, but...it's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rather than going the "Skyfall" route of re-introducing key elements of the franchise that the rebooted franchise had avoided so far, a new interview with the film's co-writer and actor Simon Pegg has revealed that the next film will move even further away from the "Star Trek" mold than the two previous J.J. Abrams films.
Speaking with Radio Times (via The Guardian), Pegg discussed how he and fellow scribe Doug Jung were brought onboard to work on the script after the departure of original co-scribe and potential director Roberto Orci:
Part of the problem is Marvel Studios. »
- Garth Franklin
Simon Pegg is thinking about retiring from geekdom. In a recent interview with RadioTimes, Pegg admitted exhaustion with the current state of cinema. Discussing the hits of yesteryear — “Taxi Driver,” “The Godfather,” and “Bonnie and Clyde” are among his favorites — Pegg questioned the rise of genre fiction. I’m very much a self-confessed fan of science-fiction and genre cinema. But part of me looks at society as it is now and just thinks we’ve been infantilised by our own taste. As far as it goes, this seems a valid critique. After all, these days for every “District 9” that makes you think about the horror of apartheid, for every “X-Men” helping the majority see through the eyes of the oppressed, there’s a dozen “Transformer” explosion-fests that make you think nothing at all. But Pegg didn’t stop there. Now we’re essentially all consuming very childish things – comic books, »
- Donna Dickens
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