Star Trek 4 in Jeopardy: Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth Talks Fall Through

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The future of Star Trek on the big screen is in question this month after cast negotiations for the next installment reportedly hit a major stumbling block. As previously reported, the currently untitled sequel to Star Trek Beyond was aiming to have Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as George Kirk, Captain James T. Kirk’s father, so that the two could team up in a time travelling adventure. Unfortunately, we are hearing that both Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine have walked away from the project after the various parties involved could not come to an agreement. Is J.J. Abrams’ rebooted movie series destined to remain a trilogy for good?

According to THR, talks between Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media have fallen apart after the studio supposedly refused to honour existing deals that were already in place. We are hearing that Paramount and Skydance are trying to reduce the budget of the next film after Star Trek Beyond underperformed (it made $345 million worldwide on a $185 million budget). Pine and Hemsworth are both A-list actors that demand hefty paychecks, but the studio could not convince them that the Star Trek franchise is not directly comparable to a Marvel or Star Wars movie.

It seems unlikely that this will be the end of the negotiations but it’s hard to say if the two sides will find a way to make it work. Clearly one of the reasons they wanted to bring back Hemsworth (he had a small role in the 2009 reboot before he was cast as Thor) is because he is now a major star. However, the entire plot of the movie is based on bringing him back and if that doesn’t happen they will either have to recast or rewrite from scratch. S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders) is currently attached to direct the movie. Do you think we’ll still see Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth sign on for Star Trek 4?

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  • 1138sw

    “Is J.J. Abrams’ rebooted movie series destined to remain a trilogy for good?”

    Please Please Please Yes!!! Make it just a trilogy! While I hated the first movie the following sequels were even worst so if the series ends up being a trilogy…”make it so”.

    Let JJ continue ruining SW and leave ST alone. Bring in some fresh blood and reboot the ST franchise.

    And wow…ST:Beyond made only 345 million? yeesh I didn’t even know it performed so poorly…that is bad.

  • Jake

    Isn’t there another Hemsworth out there they could give this to? I’m sure Liam wouldn’t mind taking whatever the studio is offering Chris. In all seriousness I hope this does come together. I do love a good time travel flick.

  • Lori Cerny

    Seriously? You actually hated the first movie? Why?

  • john collins

    I love time travel movies too but I always hated when star trek did a time travel story as it was just an excuse to make a cheap episode using leftover sets and props from some other production.

  • Tommy

    But Voyage Home and First Contact rule ass.

  • andyluvsfilms

    Reboot it. Brolin as Kirk.

  • 1138sw

    Ummm for a lot of reasons I guess. I felt the movie was very Juvenile…don’t get me wrong I love popcorn put your brain away movies…but ST felt just very juvenile….especially in the character designs…felt more like a frat party than an actual crew on a ship. Bratty without any sense of likability.

    Plus I hate JJ’s production design sense. That is a matter of taste for sure, but I really do not like JJ’s taste. The design of the Enterprise was horrible and some of the design elements really made no sense. Plus the engineering design really bugged me…a beer brewery disguised as an engineering section of an advanced ship did not cut it for me. I saw the brewery right away and thought wow that is just really cheap looking. The Brewery issue isn’t all JJ’s fault and blame must be assigned to Paramount too for being really really cheap.

    Overall it just felt like a silly movie that was nothing more than a silly movie…I like fun movies but balanced with a sense of Gravitas, humor, smart writing, and characters that really earn their moments on screen…ST just did not cut it for me in any phase of it’s production…actually I did enjoy one aspect and that was Karl Urban who I love anyway. He was great as McCoy. Just wish he was in a better movie.

  • Lisa Naarseth Myklebust

    Don’t take him seriously. We’re talking the same guy who gave high praise to Zack Snyder, including hist utter shit film Man of Steel.

  • Th-Th-Timmey

    Quite liked Beyond, more than other two anyway. Seems there’s quite a complicated licensing deal going on between Viacom (Paramount) & CBS over the franchise, I bet that doesn’t smooth things either. I heard Paramount wants to slash the budgets and release films more often trying to fix their 10 billion deficit, I doubt Hemsworth & Pine wanted to come back for the amount of money Paramount is offering now.