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?