Simon Pegg is opening up about Star Trek Beyond’s lackluster box office performance, and has some specific ideas regarding why the movie failed to connect with audiences as well as its predecessors had.
Speaking with Geek Exchange recently, the actor — who played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the rebooted series and co-wrote the third film — said he felt the film was “poorly marketed,” which resulted in it under-performing financially.
“If you look at a film like Suicide Squad, that was around for such a long time before it finally came out and people were so aware of it. Whereas with Star Trek Beyond, it was left too late before they started their marketing push,” Pegg shared. “It still did great business, but it was disappointing compared to [Star Trek Into Darkness].”
Beyond, which hit theaters in July 2016, had a budget of $ 185 million, but only managed to make back $ 158.8 million domestically and $ 343.6 million worldwide.
By comparison, Into Darkness earned a worldwide box office gross of $ 467.3 million off a $ 190 million budget.
Some fans of the franchise have said the film’s first trailer — which was set the Beastie Boy’s “Sabotage” and focused primarily on the movie’s action sequences instead of its characters or levity — turned them off to the idea of watching it.
According to Pegg, the trailer actually spoiled the movie’s major climactic scene.
“I was really angry about that,” he said. “[The trailer] used ‘Sabotage,’ which was our surprise moment in the end. It was supposed to be a very fun and heightened twist, and something that was a big surprise and they blew it in the first trailer, which really annoyed me.”
Pegg also lamented the fact that the promos “made the film look like a boneheaded action film.”
While Pegg was disappointed about the film’s advertising campaign, the 48-year-old actor — who is currently appearing in Steven Speilberg’s new sci-fi epic Ready Player One — he appreciated the love the film ended up getting from many fans.
“From a professional standpoint for me, it was such a great experience in the end, because the critical response that we did get was exactly what [co-writer] Doug Jung and I and [director] Justin Lin had hoped for.”
As for the upcoming fourth film in the franchise, Pegg explained that there is “a script that’s been written.” However, things are somewhat up in the air amid the news that Quentin Tarantino could be involved with the creation of the next installment in the franchise.
“There’s also the story of Quentin Tarantino coming and chatting with J.J. [Abrams] about an idea that he’s had for a long time. That idea is going into the writer’s room to be looked at,” Pegg said. “I think it might take something like him to restart it.”
The actor admitted that Tarantino penning a Star Trek script could actually be “an interesting proposition.”
“I don’t know if that means everybody will be blowing each other’s heads off with phasers and calling Klingons mother f*****s, but, who knows?” Pegg said. “That could be fun.”
However, before any iteration of a new Star Trek hits the big screen, Pegg will also be starring alongside Tom Cruise in the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
ET’s Cameron Mathison caught up with Pegg at the Hollywood premiere of Ready Player One on Monday, and he opened up about working alongside Cruise for the third time in the series, and the wild stunts the movie promises — including one that led to Cruise getting seriously hurt.
“It was almost a year [of shooting]. We took some time out [of production] because Tom broke his foot, but he recovered in a bizarrely quick way as only he probably would,” Pegg joked. “[But] it’s crazy what we do in this one. I mean, it’s falling off things again, but higher and more dangerous.”
According to Pegg, the take showing Cruise’s injury is actually in the film. “Your foot shouldn’t touch your knee, not on the same leg. But it did and it’s gross,” he joked.
While he said he’s impressed by Cruise’s dedication, he’s concerned about the star’s determination to one-up himself in each Mission: Impossible film.
“I worry because every time we do one he has to kind of raise the bar and at some point that’s going to mean death,” Pegg said.
Ready Player One comes out March 29. Mission: Impossible – Fallout explodes into theaters July 27.
For some, the Super Bowl has become a sort of second Christmas where good little movie fans the country over get the gift of epic, explosive new trailers, and this year was as exceedingly bountiful.
Between the multi-million-dollar ads for beer, snacks, cars and telephone networks were a slew of high-octane first looks and exclusive sneak peeks at some of the biggest films hitting theaters this year, as well as some of the most eagerly anticipated new series.
From some exciting, never-before-seen glimpses at Solo: A Star Wars Story and some pulse-pounding scenes from the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, there was a little something for everyone who loves blockbuster adventures. Check out all of the greatest trailers that premiered during this year’s Super Bowl below.
Avengers: Infinity War
The Cloverfield Paradox
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Quiet Place
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Castle Rock (Hulu)
Jack Ryan (Amazon)
The Voice (NBC)
Among the many trailers, there was also an exclusive look at the highly secretive new comedy Dundee — a long-awaited addition to the Crocodile Dundee franchise starring Danny McBride as Dundee’s adult son who comes back to Australia to explore his dad’s homeland, where he’s guided by the endlessly charming Chris Hemsworth.
The only thing is, Dundee isn’t a real movie. As it turns out, the expertly crafted fake trailer is actually part of an elaborate marking campaign promoting Austrailian tourism, but it does leave you wondering if Dundee was something you’ve always wanted to see but never knew it.
The Flash and Arrow teams had a lot to explain when they took the stage at Comic-Con on Saturday afternoon, with both shows having ended their most recent seasons on massive cliffhangers.
Though the casts and producers on the DC superhero dramas didn’t provide any tangible answers for what will happen to Team Flash following Barry Allen’s disappearance into the Speed Force or the island explosion that seemingly left everyone — except Oliver Queen and his son, William — dead, they did release sneak peeks for the new seasons that offered some big hints.
For The Flash, Barry’s decision to leave fiancée Iris West and enter the Speed Force means the team will have a de facto new leader, who just so happens to be Iris herself. In the first look at the fourth season, Iris takes the control board in Flash headquarters and becomes an even more assertive presence.
“Iris has focused her energy on being a leader of Team Flash. She steps up and leads the team which is really, really cool,” Candice Patton said, adding later that her character “to a degree” is the catalyst for bringing Barry back. “She’s kind of [the] boss lady on Team Flash now, so she’s an active force in getting her man out of the Speed Force.”
Though the new footage didn’t include Barry (and for good reason), Grant Gustin assured fans that he’ll be seen soon enough. “I thought I was going to show up midway through the season, but I’m on the show guys!” the newly-engaged actor said to cheers.
As for the overall tone of the season, showrunner and executive producer Todd Helbing teased they have intentionally “lightened the tone a little bit.” “Last year, it got a little dark and we’re going to get back to the jokes,” he said. When asked if there would be a musical episode this season, Helbing confessed there are currently are “no plans” and revealed that there is “no time travel in season four.”
Check out the first season four footage from The Flash Comic-Con panel:
Arrow followed The Flash panel and was ripe with small nuggets for the upcoming sixth season, which follows the game-changing explosion on the island, Lian Yu, which left many characters’ fates up in the air. While the panelists didn’t address who did or didn’t survive, the first official look at the sixth season offered clues as to who survived (see: Deathstroke, Black Siren and the new Black Canary).
“We always said that season five would end as a culmination of the first five years, really the first 10 years of Oliver’s life. We’re not rebooting the show,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim shared. “We’re going to double down with the things that resonate with people in [the new season]. We’re going to see a different kind of Oliver Queen. The last couple of years have changed [him], particularly season five.”
Some of that is credited to Oliver’s son, William. Stephen Amell addressed Oliver’s journey as a father, which will become a larger arc for his character in the coming season.
“He’s not the best dad,” Amell confessed, admitting that he was “legitimately nervous” about filming his scenes with his TV son because it was a different shade to the character. “To start on episode 116 and to be able to do fun, new stuff as Oliver [is great] — but he’s a sh*t dad.”
Katie Cassidy, who returns as Black Siren, opened up about returning to the show — this time as a completely different take on Laurel.
“It feels like I never left. It feels like home and we’re a family,” Cassidy said. “It’s been pretty easy, getting back to the swing of things. It’s interesting the dynamic between Black Siren and other characters, Team Arrow, whatnot, the different points of view that has been completely opposite of Laurel, which is how I’ve been thinking about it.”
As for the overarching vibe of the new season, Amell said they “took the momentum of season five and carried it into the first few episodes of season six.”
“The first three scripts, they’re really tight, they’re really action-packed but it feels like we’re taking our time, which I think is something we’ve earned,” he previewed.
And last but not least, Amell asked Ballroom 20 to sing a special birthday song for Emily Bett Rickards — who celebrates her 26th birthday on Monday — as an early present. Watch the sweet Comic-Con moment below.
Watch the first season six footage from the Arrow Comic-Con panel:
The Flash premieres Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Arrow premieres Thursday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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