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For any relatively new-to-the-game screenwriter, being tapped to co-write a major movie like Star Trek Beyond must be a huge career boost. Doug Jung doesn’t have a ton of movie credits, though he has worked on a number of TV shows, but he and Simon Pegg knocked out the script anyway. How do you follow that up? Well, in Jung’s case, he’s jumping on a science fiction project that sounds both nuts and potentially awesome.
For his next move, Jung is not only sticking with an outer space theme, he’s also sticking with Star Trek Beyond producers Paramount and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. According to The Wrap, Jung will pen a movie called God Particle for the two companies. Originally written by Oren Uziel (22 Jump Street), the story follows the crew of an American space station. After believing that they destroyed Earth with a Hadron accelerator, they begin welcoming in crews from other, hostile nations, and as you can imagine, in tense times, and limited space, that has "disastrous results."
There aren’t a ton of other details available about God Particle right now, but that’s a promising start. It sounds very much like things are bound to get dark and gritty, and working on grim crime dramas like Dark Blue and Banshee, and Doug Jung has, may come in handy. If anything, perhaps he can synthesize that side of his career with his sci-fi work in Star Trek and come up with something unique and original. Flaring tempers in a confined space is one hell of a jumping off point for tension.
God Particle is described as a "modestly budgeted science fiction thriller," and at the helm is going to be Julius Onah. If you’re not familiar with that name, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Though the Nigerian-born director has a handful of shorts under his belt, he only has a single feature length film on his resume, 2015’s crime thriller The Girl is in Trouble. I’m sensing a theme here, there’s going to be a lot of young, hungry talent involved in this movie, working on a scale most of them haven’t experienced before, which probably means it’ll be good to have experienced producers like J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk on board to help guide the ship.
Also, aside from Jung, there’s not a lot of sci-fi experience in the building at the moment, but there is definitely a lot about God Particle that catches our attention. We’ll have to wait until next year, July 22, 2016 to be precise, before we know much about Star Trek Beyond. Written by Jung and Simon Pegg, with Fast 5 director Justin Lin stepping into the big chair after Abrams departed for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it brings back most of the core cast, includes some new additions, notably Idris Elba, and supposedly finds the crew of the Enterprise in the middle of their five-year mission to deep space. Sounds like fun to us.