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SciFi Thursday: Pegg Says Next 'Star Trek' To Be Less 'Star Treky', Plus 'Blade Runner 2' & 'Mad Max'

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 21, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | May 21, 2015 |

Twas the day before Friday and all through the site,
Not a genre was stirring but for Sci-Fi’s nightlight.

And what stirs therein? Well, there are a few details coming out about Blade Runner 2: Electric Sheep Boogaloo. Denis Villeneuve will be directing, which is a vote in its favor in my ledger on account of his work on Prisoners. He’s bringing his cinematographer from that film, Roger Deakins, along with him. If Deakins can make middle American suburbs that depressingly dystopian, I’m interested in what he does to the world of replicants and infinite corporations. Deakins is apparently famous for having been nominated for 12 cinematography Oscars without winning one, making him the Susan Lucci of cinematography. When representatives of the Academy were asked for their take on that trivia, they admitted that even they didn’t really know what cinematography actually was.

(source: SlashFilm)

Simon Pegg made a big splash earlier in the week with his comments about geek culture dumbing down everything. That’s the half-assed summary that made the headlines, though he later had quite a nice apology. I had a good conversation with our late great Joanna Robinson about it, and we came to the conclusion that he was really on to something with the way that because what once was the province of nerds is now mainstream, it is dumbed down because it’s always going to be when you make something bigger and broader in appeal. But also, there’s this residual association of nerd culture with being intelligent, and so every idiot who likes The Avengers somehow thinks they’re smarter because they watch the stuff smart people watch. That’s not to suggest some idiotic “fake geek girl” heresy, but there’s something perverse about people thinking they’re smart because they consume culture from the bin that smart people used to. Causation just doesn’t work that way.

Anyway, Pegg has announced that the studio has told him explicitly to make Star Trek VIII less Star Treky. Says the Pegg:

“Make a Western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent.”

You know, I don’t think that’s actually a bad idea. Star Trek worked because it told good stories. And honestly, the movies were never the best stories it had in its bag. So trying to write a universal story that then is created with the characters and setting of Star Trek? That’s sort of a key part of the process of writing any good science fiction in the first place.

(source: CinemaBlend)

Some people have already started complaining about this site liking Mad Max: Fury Road too much. Four days from enjoyment to backlash is close to a new record. On behalf of the staff, I deeply apologize for writing about things we love. Although we did used to be a movie review website, we’ll get back to being yelled at for being social justice warriors any day now. But first, there’s this wonderful fan theory about Fury Road: Tom Hardy’s Max is not the same character as Mel Gibson’s and is actuall the Feral Kid from Road Warrior grown up. Click over to CinemaBlend for the detailed background that I want to marry in a chrome-filled post-apocalyptic wedding. Also, George Miller is now saying in interviews that the sequel will be called Mad Max: The Wasteland, so we got that going for us.

Tonight I watch Tomorrowland so that tomorrow you can read about it. TIME TRAVEL.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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