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Star Trek 4

Star Trek 4

Star Trek 4 è il film del 2024 diretto da Matt Shakman  con Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto , Zoe Saldana , Karl Urban , John Cho e Simon Peg g

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Star Trek 4 uscirà al cinema nel 2024 Distribuito da Eagle Pictures e Paramount. Star Trek 4  in streaming arriverà qualche mese dopo sulle principali piattaforme.

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STAR TREK BEYOND, from left: John Cho, as Sulu, Anton Yelchin, as Chekov, Karl Urban, as Doctor 'Bones' McCoy, Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto, as Spock, Simon Pegg, as Scotty, 2016. ph: Kimberley French / © Paramount Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

A new “ Star Trek ” film is in the works at Paramount with “Andor’s” Toby Haynes on board to direct and Seth Grahame-Smith penning the script, Variety has confirmed.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, the upcoming feature will be an origin story that is set decades before 2009’s “Star Trek,” as well as an expansion of the “Star Trek” universe. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is producing.

A fourth “Star Trek” movie starring Chris Pine was first announced in July of 2016, with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and Simon Pegg expected to return. Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in the 2009 original, was set to return to the space saga as George Kirk, the father of Captain James T. Kirk (Pine). According to Paramount at the time, “Star Trek 4” would see Pine’s Captain Kirk cross paths with his father, who was “a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born.”

During a Paramount Global investors day presentation in February of 2022, Abrams announced that a new “Star Trek” movie would begin shooting by the end of that year with the Pine-led crew. Pine and his co-stars reportedly had no idea Paramount was moving forward with another “Star Trek” film, which was eventually removed from the studio’s film slate in September of that year.

Haynes recently directed six episodes of the “Star Wars” series “Andor,” starring Diego Luna as the titular role. He also helmed the “Star Trek”-inspired episode of “Black Mirror,” titled “USS Callister.” Haynes is repped by WME and attorney Peter Nelson.

Grahame-Smith is best known as the author of the best-selling novels “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” He also wrote and produced 2017’s “The Lego Batman Movie.” Grahame-Smith is repped by WME and attorneys PJ Shapiro and Wendy Kirk.

Deadline was first to report the “Star Trek” news.

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Star Trek 4 potential release date, cast and everything you need to know

A new Star Trek movie is coming, but not necessarily this one.

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Star trek 4 plot: what's going to happen in star trek 4, star trek 4 trailer: any star trek 4 footage yet.

Star Trek 4 still doesn't seem to be any closer to happening, but we are getting a new Star Trek movie.

In January 2024, it was reported that a prequel movie set decades before the 2009 reboot is happening. JJ Abrams will again be producing through his Bad Robot company, with Toby Haynes directing and Seth Grahame-Smith writing the script.

Apparently this isn't a death knell to Star Trek 4 's chances of happening as it is reportedly still in "active development" as of January 2024. There has been no new information on the status of the movie, though.

In September 2023, writer Lindsey Anderson Beer said that the movie was "still on the tracks" , and later that month, Variety reported that Paramount was hoping to fast-track scripts for a "planned reboot of Star Trek ".

Whether this "planned reboot" is the now-announced prequel or something else, we have no idea right now. Neither does Chris Pine. "Not that I know [of]," he told ComicBook.com in November 2023 when asked if he knew about any plans for a fourth Star Trek movie.

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The long-gestating movie finally looked to be on track in February 2022 when it was announced that JJ Abrams was returning to produce and Matt Shakman to directing, to the surprise of the cast as much as the fans.

Unfortunately, Shakman left the movie in August 2022 to direct Fantastic Four for Marvel instead . And then in September 2022, Paramount took the movie off the release calendar entirely, but at least it sounds like a director search is ongoing.

In March 2023, JJ Abrams – who has produced all three movies in the reboot trilogy and directed two of them – said that a search for a director is ongoing.

"I will say it's the first time [since the original reboot] that we have a story that feels as compelling as the first one," he told Esquire . Of course, Chris Pine also called the franchise "cursed" so it depends how hopeful you feel like being.

All we really know right now is that Star Trek 4 is obviously not coming to cinemas in December 2023 as it was originally announced.

But while we wait, here's everything you need to know about the (potential) return of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek 4 .

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Star Trek 4 potential release date: When can we expect Star Trek 4?

As you'll know from reading the above, Star Trek 4 hasn't got a confirmed release date at the moment, having been indefinitely delayed from the planned December 22, 2023 slot.

There's no rumours either about when it could reappear on the schedule.

In June 2022, prior to Shakman leaving the project, Paramount boss Brian Robbins did confirm development was under way on the fourth Star Trek . "We're deep into it with JJ Abrams, and it feels like we're getting close to the starting line and excited about where we're going creatively," he said .

zoe saldana as uhura and john cho as sulu in a still from star trek beyond

However, in November 2022, star Zachary Quinto told The Independent : "At this point, I honestly have very little attachment to it.

"All of us would like to come back and make another movie, but I’ve learnt to only get excited about things I know are actually real. And there's nothing about a fourth Star Trek movie that feels real right now."

Other people involved, like writer Lindsey Anderson Beer as mentioned above, seem to have faith in the project moving forward though.

All we can do is watch this space.

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Even when Star Trek 4 was originally being released in December 2023, it hadn't been 100% confirmed that the reboot cast would be back.

That being said, during his June 2022 announcement, Robbins did say he knew audience "wants that cast in this movie" – referring to the reboot cast.

So, if it ever does come to fruition, we'd be surprised if it was with a brand-new cast. You can likely then expect the returns of Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldaña (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), John Cho (Sulu) and Simon Pegg (Scotty).

Urban certainly seems keen for a return, although he also revealed in March 2022 that, like Pine, he hadn't read a script yet . "I would love to work with those guys again; so much fun, the best hang. We'll see," he enthused.

It all feels very up in the air, as per Quinto's quotes, but that doesn't mean we can't hope.

The initial plan for the fourth movie was to have a timey-wimey adventure that featured Chris Pine's James T Kirk somehow joining forces with his long-dead dad, played by Chris Hemsworth .

Hemsworth opened up in May 2019 about why he stepped away from the movie , saying: "I didn't feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet. I didn't want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table."

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It's unclear if this new version of Star Trek 4 plans to bring Hemsworth back or if it's gone in a totally new direction, but Hemsworth seems open to a return for the fourth movie.

In October 2022, Rings of Power bosses JD Payne and Patrick McKay teased more about what their original idea for the fourth movie was going to be. "The conceit was that through a cosmic quirk in the Star Trek world, they were the same age," McKay explained.

We also don't know yet whether the new movie will recast Pavel Chekov following Anton Yelchin's tragic death in 2016. "It's bittersweet because we are coming together for a fourth time, and one of us is no longer with us," Saldaña said in March 2022 .

"But we honestly feel that going back and keeping the Star Trek family together is a way to really keep him alive in our thoughts and our hearts."

Star Trek Beyond Zoe Saldana as Uhura

Right now, we don't have any confirmed plot details for the fourth movie, and it's not clear how closely it'll follow on from the ending of Star Trek Beyond .

The third movie ended with Kirk declining the promotion to vice admiral and staying as the captain of the USS Enterprise. Spock also chose to remain in Starfleet and reignited his romance with Uhura.

As the movie ends, they're all set to continue their mission on a brand-new USS Enterprise after the previous one was destroyed during the movie's events.

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It means that the fourth movie can go anywhere. But, for Pine, he believes that whatever the plot is, it shouldn't try to compete with Marvel .

"I've always thought that Star Trek should operate in the zone that is smaller. You know, it's not a Marvel appeal. It's like, let's make the movie for the people that love this group of people, that love this story, that love Star Trek ," he said.

"Let's make it for them and then, if people want to come to the party, great. But make it for a price and make it, so that if it makes a half-billion dollars, that's really good."

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You're kidding, right? We'd love to get all timey-wimey ourselves and show you a trailer for Star Trek 4 from the future, but we're stuck in the Mirror Universe.

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Everything we know about Star Trek 4

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It looks like the only thing trickier than surviving a mission into deep space is getting all of your starships in a row long enough to send Star Trek 4 speeding into production.

The last time we saw Captain James T. Kirk and his pointy-eared pal Spock in action was in 2016 threequel Star Trek Beyond. Ever since then, updates on their next adventure have been sporadic at best, with news of stand-alone spin-offs from critically acclaimed talent and even a new prequel story drifting in and out of focus like passing asteroids.

Multiple writers and directors have boarded Star Trek 4 only to hit eject before any meaningful progress has been made, leaving this sci-fi tentpole franchise lost in space. However, a promising new update suggests that the crew of the USS Enterprise could be gearing up for a new mission in the not-too-distant future.

With that in mind, here’s everything we know about Star Trek 4 so far…

When will Star Trek 4 be released?

Star Trek 4 is currently without a release date. In fact, the film hasn’t even entered production so we’ll likely have to wait a few years before we can see the Enterprise crew back on the big screen.

What is the plot of Star Trek 4?

As it stands, we don’t have any details of what adventure Star Trek 4 will send audiences on. That said, we do know that the fourth film in the franchise is set to be the final outing for this particular chapter of the Star Trek story that J.J. Abrams started in 2009.

To say that Star Trek 4 has had a long and varied gestation process so far is a bit of an understatement. Initially, talk of a fourth film began before the release of its predecessor Star Trek Beyond and not long afterwards, auteur filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was reported to have pitched his own idea to Abrams in 2017.

This new take on the Star Trek story was being developed separately from Abrams’ primary universe and was reported to have an R-rated tone thanks to its violence and language. Despite gathering a group of writers to work on the project, Tarantino’s Star Trek ultimately hasn’t come to fruition just yet.

Madame Web helmer S.J. Clarkson was the next person to be hired to direct but dropped off of the film when negotiations surrounding the return of Kirk star Chris Pine and his on-screen father Chris Hemsworth fell apart.

Fargo’s Noah Hawley was then enlisted to take the franchise forward in a new direction that would’ve been starkly different from what had come before but involved the franchise’s same ensemble cast however his plans fell apart too, leading him to start work on the new Alien series instead.

Prison Break writer Kalinda Vazquez was the next person to be linked to Star Trek 4 before she was replaced by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s long-time director Matt Shankman. He was set to direct a new story written by Pet Sematary: Bloodlines scribe Lindsay Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, writer of 2018’s Tomb Raider reboot.

Unfortunately, cast negotiations dragging on hampered the development process and it wasn’t long before Shakman left the project to tackle Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot instead. Despite this, Beer offered an update in early 2014 that suggested that her and Robertson-Dworet’s story was still in active development.

"It's still on the tracks,” Beer told Collider . “I love that project, and it was another one that I had to hop off of to direct [Pet Sematary: Bloodlines], and that was a hard thing to do. But I love everybody involved with that project."

Will there be a Star Trek prequel movie?

Yes, a stand-alone Star Trek prequel movie is also in development from Abrams’ Bad Robot production company.

Set decades before the 2009 Star Trek reboot, the project is described as an origin story that will be written by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter's Seth Grahame-Smith and Andor director Todd Haynes.

Who will be starring in Star Trek 4?

If Star Trek 4 does finally come together, the project will have to reunite the crew of the USS Enterprise. That includes Pine’s Captain James Kirk, Zachary Quinto’s Spock, Karl Urban’s Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, Zoe Saldana’s Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg’s Montgomery “Scotty” Scott and John Cho’s Hikaru Sulu.

Pavel Chekov star Anton Yelchin tragically passed away following a freak accident in 2016 and it is unclear how the sequel might address his absence.

Bringing the movie’s crew together on deck might be harder than it sounds, with Quinto recently describing the process as “complicated.”

"I think there's a lot of other stuff, creative things," he said during a convention appearance in summer 2023. "The fact that anything good gets made is kind of miracle.

"I think it's about different people having different agendas and ideas about what it will be. And I don't know if and when it will happen... And if it coalesces again and we come back and we're able to do it, wonderful. If not, we had a great run."

Meanwhile, Pine has also shared his frustrations surrounding delays and being able to see up-to-date scripts. He even called the sequel “cursed” following its trouble getting off the ground.

“After the last one came out and didn't do the $1 billion that everyone wanted it to do, and then Anton [Yelchin] passed away, I don't know. It just... feels like it's cursed,” he told Esquire .

"I know costume designers that have read scripts before the actors. I would say it's frustrating. It doesn't really foster the greatest sense of partnership, but it's how it's always been. I love the character. I love the people. I love the franchise. But to try to change the system in which things are created – I just can't do it. I don't have the energy."

Speaking to ComicBook.com in late January 2024, Saldana said she would be "grateful" for one more outing with her galaxy exploring colleagues.

"I mean, I heard what you heard in the trades. I just heard they're gearing up to do a new one with a younger, sort of, take on it... I don't know if it's from the before or the after, but that they really still hope to grab all of us veterans and bring us back for one last round.

"Listen, I know it's a lot to wrangle a whole bunch of people with busy schedules," she added. "But working with J.J. Abrams, and for J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot, was always just a wonderful and beautiful experience for me. So, if I get to do that one last time, I would be so grateful."

If the crew of the USS Enterprise manage to get their act together, only then can then start to discuss who might be playing their new big-bad plus anyone else who may return - or be introduced - in Star Trek 4.

Is there a trailer for Star Trek 4?

Unfortunately, there’s no trailer or footage available for Star Trek 4 just yet.

Star Trek 4 is still in development.

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Whatever Happened to Star Trek 4?

Development hell… the final frontier..

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Eight years.

That’s how long it’s been since we last got a new Star Trek movie (with 2016’s Star Trek Beyond). A follow-up, Star Trek 4 , has been much reported on during those eight years, but it remains nowhere near being made, let alone released. It’s like we’ve been stuck in the Guardian of Forever all this time, and the situation raises one big question: What’s the holdup?

Meanwhile, the news broke this week that a new Star Trek prequel film is in the works from director Toby Haynes (Andor) and writer Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter), but that it is unrelated to Star Trek 4. So Paramount is gearing up for a different Trek movie when they can’t even get Trek 4 off the ground? Hmmm…

The cast of the very first Star Trek movie, The Motion Picture.

Looking at the 45-year history of Star Trek on the big screen, we see that the first four William Shatner-led films were produced and released over the course of seven years (from 1979 to 1986), while the entire run of six movies from The Motion Picture in 1979 to The Undiscovered Country in 1991 happened over a span of 12 years. All four Patrick Stewart/Next Generation pictures were made over the course of eight years (from Generations in 1994 to Nemesis in 2002). And the Chris Pine reboot series might’ve slowed things down some after its 2009 debut, but still managed to do three movies in seven years.

But that brings us back to Star Trek 4, the untitled and presumed capper to the Pine iteration of the franchise. The last time fans have gone this long without a new Star Trek movie was… well, before there was such a thing as Star Trek movies. There’s even a whole Wikipedia page devoted to just the “development of Star Trek 4.”

The first tangible chatter about Star Trek 4 came during Star Trek Beyond’s promotional push. Producer J.J. Abrams – who had relaunched the franchise as the director of the 2009 film as well as its follow-up, Into Darkness – revealed that a fourth film was being planned that would see Pine’s Captain Kirk reunited with Chris Hemsworth’s George Kirk , playing off of Hemsworth’s small but pivotal role in the 2009 movie as the famed Enterprise captain’s father, not to mention his subsequent Marvel fame. (Years later we’d learn that the premise of the Pine/Hemsworth story was “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in space.” )

Was that tease just pre-release hype by Abrams intended to get folks excited for Beyond? It’s impossible to say, of course. But considering that Beyond made about a hundred million dollars less than its predecessor , Into Darkness, at the worldwide box office, and didn’t even break $200 million domestically, it’s no surprise that not much was heard about the proposed fourth film for some time after that. Still, by 2018 there were reportedly three different scripts in development for a potential Star Trek 4, and one of them was coming from none other than Quentin Tarantino.

Eventually we would learn that Tarantino was a bit unclear on the difference between the Abrams films and The Original Series from the 1960s, specifically the fact that they exist in different timelines. (“I don’t buy that,” he said on the Happy Sad Confused podcast in 2019. “I don’t like it. I don’t appreciate it. I don’t… fuck that! Alright? I don’t like that.”) The Revenant's Mark L. Smith was hired to write the film and Tarantino considered directing it, but eventually he opted out and the project seemed to lose steam at Paramount. We can only hope that it at least got made in an alternate timeline.

In April of 2018, S.J. Clarkson was hired to direct Star Trek 4. As the first female director of a Trek feature film, this was a notable milestone. Alas, her take on the USS Enterprise was not to be either. By August of that year, reports indicated that talks between the studio and Pine and Hemsworth had broken down (essentially, Paramount didn’t want to pay Marvel or DC bucks for the under-performing Star Trek). In January 2019, Trek 4 was reported to be cancelled and Clarkson moved on to direct the pilot for one of HBO's Game of Thrones prequels. (That pilot, which starred Naomi Watts, was reportedly shot, but the series never got the greenlight. Don’t worry though: Clarkson is finally making her feature directorial debut with Madame Web next month.)

Like Spock on Planet Genesis, Star Trek 4’s development returned from the grave soon enough though. Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) signed on to write and direct the film in late 2019, and intriguingly, his pitch didn’t include Kirk or Picard . But it didn’t matter because by 2021 Hawley was also off the project and Matt Shakman, hot off of Wandavision , was on. And… by 2022 Shakman was out, off to direct Fantastic Four for Marvel.

Indeed, much of Star Trek 4’s woes kind of come down to Marvel, or at least the Hollywood that has evolved over the past 16 years since the first MCU movie was released. Simon Pegg kinda nailed it when talking to GamesRadar+ and Total Film a couple of years back:

“The fact is, Star Trek movies don't make Marvel money,” said Pegg, who stars as Scotty in the Abrams reboot series (and co-wrote Beyond). “They make maybe $500 [million] at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they've set themselves, is $200 [million]. You have to make three times that to make a profit.”

It’s true that Star Trek movies traditionally don’t play well internationally. Anecdotally, looking at Star Trek Into Darkness and Thor: The Dark World, both of which were released in 2013, we see that they each made in the low $200 million range domestically, but internationally Thor did about $200 million more than Star Trek . And The Dark World isn’t exactly considered one of Marvel’s crowning achievements...

It’s been said before but another part of the equation could just be that Star Trek’s true home is on the small screen, where it all began. Say what you will about the various Trek series that Paramount+ has put out over the past six years since Star Trek: Discovery debuted, but the type of stories and formats that we’ve experienced on Disco, Picard, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks, and Prodigy has certainly been wide and varied. (Michelle Yeoh will also be starring in the first made-for-TV Star Trek feature, Section 31.) A feature film designed to hit four quadrants and deliver action and spectacle doesn’t always go that well with, say, a philosophical debate on the rights of a pre-warp species, ala Captain Picard. And a successful TV series doesn’t need to be transformed into a successful movie series, or vice versa. (This may be a lesson that Marvel themselves are learning the hard way right now.)

And by the way, it’s not like Star Trek as a franchise is in dire straits right now. The franchise had a great year in 2023 with the breakout success of Picard Season 3 and Strange New Worlds Season 2. The franchise may be facing some contraction on the small screen, but that’s mostly due to an industry-wide reaction to the glut of the streaming landscape. But the question must be asked: Why don’t the suits at Paramount corporate get their movie and TV Treks better aligned? Patrick Stewart has said a script is being written to bring back Picard in one more movie, and the animated possibilities of the franchise are ripe for continued mining. Many fans have been waiting for an Avengers-style crossover between the different TV shows; surely some kind of hybrid theatrical/streaming release would make perfect sense from a [fights back vomiting] synergistic perspective.

There’s also the J.J. Abrams factor. As the head of Bad Robot Productions, the mega-filmmaker has had the keys to Star Trek’s big-screen fortunes ever since he directed the 2009 reboot. And as active as he is as a producer, Abrams certainly seems to be taking his time these days on deciding what his next directing project will be. Did the experience of making 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – his most recent directorial outing – affect him in some way? Sure, the movie made a bunch of money, but it’s safe to say that the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy was, at best, a wash in the end. Perhaps Abrams has grown phaser-shy these days, and that has also impacted the development process of Trek 4 at Bad Robot.

Where would you prefer to see the next Star Trek movie?

So whatever happened to Star Trek 4? Hollywood happened to Star Trek 4. They didn’t stop making William Shatner movies because William Shatner was done. They stopped because the studio thought they could get more bang for their buck out of the younger Next Generation cast. And when the time came, they didn’t stop making Patrick Stewart movies because Patrick Stewart was done. If his last film, Nemesis, was a hit, you can be sure the studio would’ve trotted out Picard and the Enterprise-E one more time.

Maybe the Chris Pine films have just run their course and it’s taken Paramount eight years to figure that out. If that’s the case, this newly announced prequel – which is said to take place decades before Kirk’s time – could be just what the franchise needs: a fresh start. But perhaps the studio also needs to consider what a Star Trek movie release even looks like these days – theatrical, streaming-only, hybrid, or otherwise. Spock was big into “infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” Paramount could stand to take a cue from the old Vulcan.

Talk to Executive Editor Scott Collura on Twitter at @ScottCollura , or listen to his Star Trek podcast, Transporter Room 3 . Or do both!

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With Star Trek 4 being the final chapter in the Kelvin Timeline, the movie needs to excel in every way.

E ven though Star Trek: Beyond grossed $343.5 million against a budget of $185 million, it was considered an underperformer at the box office while its predecessor, Star Trek Into Darkness, earned over $467 million against an approximate budget of $185 million. Into Darkness was the top performer out of all three of J.J. Abrams' films, and it was loosely based on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Captain Kirk's nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh. It ended up being the highest grossing film of the franchise.

Now that Star Trek 4 is essentially a go (although we'll actually believe it when we see it), and is being written as the final chapter in the Kelvin Timeline movies, it's important that the franchise go out with a bang. There have been plenty of potential script options, including one by Quentin Tarantino, but so far, we know nothing about what will actually take place on screen. Will we have another story similar to a Star Trek: The Original Series film? And will that be enough to satisfy fans on a final note?

According to Buzzfeed , J.J. Abrams admitted that Star Trek (2009) was a "little bit lightweight" in that there wasn't really a problem that needed to be solved. It was more about Kirk and Spock defining their friendship. And though it was the best-reviewed movie, it didn't match up to the box office success like Star Trek Into Darkness did.

So, being that Star Trek 4 is finally moving toward something resembling production, it's important that the final movie ring the bell, so to speak, much like Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Territory did when it wrapped up The Original Series cast. It can't go limping out like Star Trek; Nemesis did as there won't be another chance for the crew to come together again. Star Trek: Picard enabled The Next Generation crew to fix the issues from Nemesis. Chris Pine's Captain Kirk and his crew won't have that opportunity.

Star Trek 4 could set the tone for future installments released on the big screen, and should it fail to entertain or overwhelm fans, it's entirely possible Paramount will reconsider putting another movie onscreen for a long, long time even though it has already greenlit a prequel film as the last thing Paramount can afford right now is to lose money.

This article was originally published on redshirtsalwaysdie.com as With Star Trek 4 being the final chapter in the Kelvin Timeline, the movie needs to excel in every way. .

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J.J. Abrams Talks “Compelling” Story For ‘Star Trek 4’; Chris Pine Expresses Frustration Over Wait

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| March 1, 2023 | By: TrekMovie.com Staff 130 comments so far

The saga of J.J. Abrams’ attempt to follow up Star Trek Beyond with another feature film at Paramount Pictures continues with the first comments from the producer himself since his high-profile announcement a year ago the project was moving forward.

Abrams still looking for a director

The update on the Star Trek movie comes from an Esquire Magazine profile primarily about Chris Pine, star of Paramount’s upcoming movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves . In between comments from Pine, interview Alex Pappademas dropped this clue from the Star Trek producer:

Pine and crew’s return to the screen was announced in February 2022; when I speak to producer J. J. Abrams by phone, the search for a director is ongoing. Abrams is elliptical about the film, even by J. J. Abrams standards. “I will say it’s the first time [since the original reboot] that we have a story that feels as compelling as the first one.”

Director Matt Shakman stepped away from the Star Trek project last August, recently citing issues with getting the Kelvin crew actors’ schedules aligned along with the opportunity to work on a Fantastic Four movie for Marvel, but the director said the project was still active at Paramount.

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J.J. Abrams with 2009 Star Trek movie cast

Pine is frustrated

As for Captain Kirk, Chris Pine tells Esquire he is in the dark:

“I don’t know anything,” he says. Which is apparently pretty standard: “In Star Trek land, the actors are usually the last people to find out anything. I know costume designers that have read scripts before the actors.” Is it weird, I ask, to be the captain and know so little about what you’re signing on to? “I would say it’s frustrating,” Pine says. “It doesn’t really foster the greatest sense of partnership, but it’s how it’s always been. I love the character. I love the people. I love the franchise. But to try to change the system in which things are created—I just can’t do it. I don’t have the energy.”

One of the reasons it has been so hard for Paramount to follow up Beyond is due to the 2016 film not meeting studio expectations; it brought in $344 million, significantly less than the $467 million delivered by Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. Pine addressed his concerns over the studio’s goal of trying to match mega-hits from other franchises:

“I’m not sure Star Trek was ever built to do that kind of business,” Pine says. “I always thought, Why aren’t we just appealing to this really rabid fan group and making the movie for a good price and going on our merry way, instead of trying to compete with the Marvels of the world?” He’d like to span more years as Kirk but wouldn’t be surprised if Beyond was the end of it. “After the last one came out and didn’t do the $1 billion that everybody wanted it to do, and then Anton”—Yelchin, who played Chekov—“passed away, I don’t know, it just seemed . . .” He pauses, looks out the window at the view Star Trek bought.

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Chris Pine as Kirk with Anton Yelchin as Chekov and John Cho as Sulu in Star Trek Beyond

Matt Shakman, who helmed the Star Trek 4 project for over a year, recently said Paramount’s goal was to make another “large tentpole film,” noting it is expensive to make a sci-fi film, especially with the returning cast that includes stars like Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.

For now, fans will continue to wait as we will soon pass the seven-year mark since Trek’s last time on the big screen, with no solid idea when it will be back.

Keep up with all the  news on  Star Trek 4  and upcoming Trek films at TrekMovie.com .

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‘a story that feels as compelling as the first one’

Maybe he means its involving time travel/alt reality, and legacy characters?

Bring back a baddie like Chris Plummer’s Kang, have a weapon that does “Rockem-Sockem Starships”, and have Kirk’s half-human/half-cat son up as a young terrorist with a heart of gold!

I just don’t understand why you’re not working in Hollywood as a writer or showrunner. You got skills.

You just answered your own question with that second sentence.

“Bring back a baddie like Chris Plummer’s Kang”

Kang was Michael Ansara.

Time travel, Alternate Universe, Trans Warp.. They slowly become a nice sweet poison. You know it kills you, but you can not Stop to like it

What i mean:

Time travel: With Section 31 and other Time travels so far in Star Trek (also the Movies), at some Space and Time you want to ask yourself what was first? The Chicken or the Egg?

Alternate Universe: Surprisingly it’s always the Terran Empire. What if the Vulcans did not separated and are the bad guys? Because it is Logical to eliminate the “cancer” of all Unworthy Lifeforms?

trans Warp: Wrath of Khan in the Kelvin Timeline Enterprise say it all. Why this Tool is to Omnipotent. Nearly the Same as the Spore Drive of Discovery

I find that worrying. He thought what Tarantino wanted to do was a good idea. He liked the Daddy Kirk transporter story. JJ is also the person who thought turning Luke Skywalker into a worthless maguffin was compelling.

I thought JJ had nothing to do with LAST JEDI, that he just trashed the odd-numbered ones? Not making excuses for him, I hate nearly all of the guy’s work — TFA is somewhat rewatchable — and think he managed to disimprove on Berman era, which is really saying something pretty nasty in my book.

JJ had nothing to do with Luke’s story in The Last Jedi. I know for a fact JJ didn’t understand why Rian Johnson made the character choices that he made… for any of the characters.

I feel for Pine- such a great actor, and really an enthusiastic creative person- and Bad Robot has strung them along with a series of false starts. I’m really skeptical of J.J. Abrams’ tenure at this point. He’s failed to get a feature off the ground for a few years now. And with Kurtzman’s shows gaining so much momentum, I wonder if the film division is looking at this 4th Kelvinverse movie as a fading prospect. Eventually, the studio is going to move on, and probably not too long from now.

Shakman the Betrayer

Why? Because he took another job when this one was stuck in development hell. I think the real issue is they can’t afford to pay the actors and keep the budget on par with the previous film.

The jokes on him — Fantastic Four…lol

They can keep the budget in line with previous films, but Beyond’s $185m is why it wasn’t profitable, it needs to be lower. But the actors are part of the reason they can’t keep the budget reasonable.

No, Paramount’s loss of two marketing executives during the period leading up to BEYOND is why the film failed. Internally this is the explanation that Paramount reached almost immmediately.

That makes sense!

Even Trekkies weren’t very excited about Beyond though. It felt like Insurrection did, a big budget episode. And I liked it. It’s the only JJ verse movie I like actually but it just had no real hook.

And another supervillain trying to take down the Federation is probably another reason no one really cared They can’t seem to come up with something new and fresh.

It’s def true that the letdown from STID probably played a role in Beyond’s disappointment. But do you really think that doing something fresh and new, a decade later, is going to lead to a $750m box office? No matter how good it looks, I think any new Trek film will struggle to reach that kind of blockbuster status.

The problem is like Pine says: they need to set their sights lower, and produce something on a more modest budget and just have fun with it. But I doubt he’d take a pay cut to do it.

We agree fully brother! 👍

I’m still shocked they are still trying (and trying and trying and trying) to even make another JJ verse movie at all. I think it’s going to make what Beyond did or even worse.

But they can still make a good movie at least. I don’t care about about JJ verse at all, especially now that Star Trek is back where it really belongs, on TV. But if it’s good I’ll definitely go see it.

But I agree I don’t think anyone really cares that much anymore. Hardcore fans will go see it of course but everyone else will just probably catch it on Paramount+ in a month, especially if it’s the same ole same ole like the last three.

As for Pine, this guy keeps saying they should make smaller movies but wasn’t he the same guy who walked when they tried to make his paycheck smaller too? 🤣

Yeah if you want to make smaller movies then you have to start where the budget inflates the most, usually starting with actor salaries. That’s also easier to control.

But Pine is just talk. Trust me, if they ever decide to call the guy again, his asking price will be the same as before and why there won’t be another movie.

Transformers films have flopped or did not make the money Paramount wanted before, they didn’t stop making Transformers movies. Same with MI 3 was a near bomb, they continue to make those. Its just Star Trek the studio doesn’t believe in. They are far more likely to greenlight more Bayturtles films than to make a Star Trek film.

Bro not a single aTF has flopped or lost money, no idea where you’re getting this? What movies are you talking about??

Bumblebee has made the least amount of money, but it was also the cheapest movie too at $130 million. And keep this in mind, it still made $150 million more than Beyond did with a much lower budget;😂

It basically made what STID made and much cheaper than that as well. How these JJ verse movies keeps getting made for the ridiculous money but no real profit to show, I will never understand it?

Ok I went and looked. Transformers: The Last Knight can be argued it bombed because it cost $250 million but it still made $600 million. So I don’t think that’s a bomb but it didn’t reach expectations either like Tiger2 explained in another thread. They probably assumed it would do a billion like the one before it and it didn’t.

But we know it wasn’t a real bomb because unlike Star Trek they made too more movies since, Bumblebee and the new one this summer. And they didn’t cancel 5 movies before they finally made Bumblebee like how bad the Trek movies have turned into a joke.

And I’m glad they finally moved on from Bay.

MI3 didn’t bomb though, it just didn’t reach expectations. And it made more than 2 out of the 3 Kelvin movies and much cheaper than 2 out of the 3 movies as well.

That’s why we got four more of those movies and Trek remains DOA

Those two marketing executives, what were their names and how exactly did their exit lead to the failure? Were they fired? Did they quit? Genuinely asking, i’ve not heard of this before.

But if Paramount is well aware that these two execs are the key to a successful Trek film, have they rehired them?

Wouldn’t that affect Paramount’s non-Star Trek products in a comparable way, though?

If they can cut $80 million like they should have from Beyond then they will probably get a greenlight.

They know the next movie could bomb again.

And the real irony is like that old saying, necessity being the mother of invention. I’d bet that if they slashed the budget, and writers were forced to be creative, they’d wind up with a better movie.

Isn’t that literally what happened with TWOK? 😉

After putting everyone to sleep with the mind blowing budget of TMP (I’ve seen it once 20 years ago, promise myself never to watch it again) they came back and did it better with TWOK with a third of the budget.

It doesn’t have to be that low but half makes sense or around $100 million. No one is going to give these fools over $150 million anyway. Not anymore! 😉

But TWOK would have cost way much more if it would have been the first movie, that means if it had been made instead of TMP.

LOL at people who feel fandom requires them to defend every thing and every one involved in Star Trek.

So annoying I agree. Almost as bad as the ones who are required to trash every thing and every one involved with current Star Trek.

Is that me? I didn’t realize finding it absurd to call a director for hire a “betrayer” because he walked from a project defending everything and everyone involved in Star Trek.

Huh. They had no cast signed on, no approved finished shooting script and no greenlight. Just a bunch of pr to try and get investors. Worse than JJ’s mystery box smoke and mirrors.

As compelling as the first one? I’d really hope he means considerably more compelling. Yea, that film sufficed because it had novelty value, but they need to do much better this time. And for my money the best one was Beyond anyway.

Beyond was the best, indeed!

Beyond was the ONLY compelling one. It was great. The 2009 film was fun, but generic, and Into Darkness was a pale ripoff of Wrath of Khan.

Agreed on Beyond; I have found things to appreciate about all of them, but Beyond is the only one I was truly enthusiastic for.

Oh, don’t get me wrong–I like all three. But the 2009 film was rather simplistic and Star Wars-y, and Into Darkness was derivative. Beyond was the first original story in that trilogy, and the only one I’d call “compelling.”

Into Darkness was paranoid conspiracy theory junk.

I agree — BEYOND was the only one of the Kelvinverse movies that I ultimately liked, in retrospect.

2009 was Star Wars remade as Star Trek, basically he remade A New Hope. Then he did it again with Force Awakens.

I’ll go so far as to say it is the only emotionally engaging one, that it at least felt right in several key moments. I saw it twice in the theater, which makes it the only Abrams-related project so viewed by me. It still has a big sag in midfilm and a protracted act 3 with all the peter pan chasing tinkerbell above yorktown stuff that had me drumming my fingers on the chair arm. Still, tons better than ID and no comparison with the utter waste of film that is the 09, which I think I’m going to start calling the Mythology-Deformer, since it tries and fails woefully to Joseph Campbell a property that already had its own unique mythology.

Loved Trek 2009. It’s by far the best of the three Kelvin movies.

I know it’s going to be a bad day when I find myself agreeing with you…

It had a lot of problems. But all three did.

Yep Beyond was the best, mostly because it felt like Star Trek and waaay less dumb than the first two.

STID was bad and dumb but the first one was actually way more dumb in so many ways but less bad of a movie, so I guess they are even. 😀🙄

Just make Tribbles the villain! Can you imagine that trailer? Easy $1bn box office gross.

In all seriousness, Trek 2009 was a good origin story. But a HUGE mistake was made with ST:ID and the Kelvin film series has never recovered from it. I can see why they went with Khan as the villain for the 2nd movie, but the John Harrison thing was a massive blunder. Kelvin-Khan needed to show less head squishing, and more of that superior intellect, to be an intimidating villain.

Failing to use the Borg as a villain in the 3rd one is puzzling. Surely space-cyborgs done right would pull in a decent non-trek audience. You could literally have had a modified (better) version of Beyond.

Idris Elba as the Borg King (Edison first to be assimilated, then assimilated the Franklin crew).

The drone ships being actual Borg drones invading the E and assimilating crew, even as the E is being ripped apart.

The clear threat to Yorktown/Federation.

Spock wondering if he is more like the Borg than human in light of his break up with Uhura/thoughts on continuing friendship with Kirk.

Kirk’s fear of losing his individuality if he stays in his role as a Captain, or accepts Admiral’s position. Questioning his Starfleet future.

Jaylah seeing her family being assimilated/fear of Borg. Having to fight her borgified father/brother instead of random henchman.

Artefact from the beginning of the movie was a hidden Omega particle. Borg King wants it to perfect the collective and power his planned assimilation of the Federation. Ent-Crew activate it in climax destroying the borg and (an assimilated) Yorktown.

Ent Crew escape Yorktown/Omega detonation in barely completed Yorktown starship (designated ENT-A at end of movie).

I remember some rumours about the Borg being in Beyond even with the trailers out (twist would end up being Krall and his army are the borg). If they want some marvel box office (AntMan box office at least) they could do worse than bring in the borg .and even have them from the Prime timeline (to create a trendy multiverse link).

Apparently, Jonathan Frakes is interested… I doubt Bad Robot has/will ask him to though.

I don’t know that Frakes would be the guy to direct a potential $200mm film. A film that big is a massive undertaking.

These films shouldn’t cost $200 million though. Creative artists and producers can find a way to make magic out of a budget of half that. A $120 million film doing $300 million at the box office reads as a success story.

Depends how Picard Season 3 succeed, Perhaps he would be to busy for the Movie :)

“I would say it’s frustrating,” Pine says. “It doesn’t really foster the greatest sense of partnership, but it’s how it’s always been. I love the character. I love the people. I love the franchise. But to try to change the system in which things are created—I just can’t do it. I don’t have the energy.”

Yeah, Nimoy and Shatner, had much more pull in TOS movies than this.

The interviewer noting that “Abrams is elliptical about the film, even by J. J. Abrams standards .” just screams volumes about why Pine is frustrated. Anyone in Bad Robot’s orbit just talks in circles all the time. All the talent potentially involved with Trek XIV has moved on, because they are in demand, and you can’t work when all a potential project gives you is double, or elliptical talk.

They moved on because these movies don’t make real money. If the last three movies made what the Transformers movies did more would’ve stuck around.

There is a reason why Michael Bay did five TF movies and Abrams bailed after the second Kelvin movie. One made hand over fist in profits, the other one just broke even or bombed.

Like why doesn’t Abrams just direct this one then? Isn’t it weird how the guy who started these movies in the first place and has less to do these days since WB has turned down practically every TV show or movie the pitched for DC doesn’t seem to have any interest to do it?

Here’s the opportunity to step in and direct the next one once Shakman left just like he stepped in to direct Episode 9 when Colin Trevorrow left. Here is the chance for history to repeat itself. But that’s not happening, I wonder why?

Probably because either they can’t afford the guy anymore or it’s not enough potential money for a backend deal Abrams to do it like he made with Star Wars.

There could be a third reason and after making huge stinkers like STID and TROS they don’t want him near this either. But we know Hollywood doesn’t care about making quality stuff, only money. It’s why Bay made five Transformers movies in the first place. 🙄

So it’s probably just a money issue.

Star Trek Beyond was so boring, the other films were very disapointing overall but not boring as such, but Star Trek beyond just felt…boring, and it had the scale of a very expensive TV movie to me. They have soooo much potential with the Kelvin crew, each film has had moments of brilliance, true “Trek” moments, but they are just moments lost in a big budget mess of a dumbed down movie series. I dont know what to say, the last 20 years of Star Trek has been awful it really has struggled in the 21st Century, I include Nemesis and ENT in that and I am fans of both.

The real life tragedy of 9/11 disproved Star Trek ‘s thesis once and for all. That’s why everything we see now is either a pastiche of the 60s version or a gritty “update” with the label of Star Trek stretched over underlit Blade Runner ripoff schlock.

I’m not exactly sure what “thesis” 09/11 disproved once and for all, so I think that probably overstates it some. But there is no question that the classical Trek value of depicting a positive, rational future has been pretty devalued, and at this juncture is pretty out of touch with the culture. Plenty was going wrong in the world when TOS and its spinoffs were on the air — wars, assassinations, crime, environmental calamities, etc. — but there was also a sense that the world could be different, and the one thing liberals and conservatives alike took for granted was that there was at least a fair chance that their children would have it better than they did, as had been the case for every generation after the postwar boom. That, unfortunately, is no longer the case. So I’ll repeat the question I’ve been asking since the Picard season premiere: if Star Trek no longer exists to portray a more hopeful future than you can get in other genre offerings, what exactly is it for?

Spoken like an old, disillusioned liberal…and I get that, because I am one of those too!

I say that because I do see a lot of positive young people today who do have a better vision for the future. And for them, yes, we need more positive Star Trek — like what see see on SNW, Prodigy and DSC, for the most part, not like what we are getting on Picard Into Darkness and Cynical Decks, for the most part.

To turn a profit for Paramount in order to cover losses in Viacom’s larger portfolio.

I used to think that if Trek could convey optimism while on the air in 1968 — a year when it seemed the balloon went up (or is it down?) on world madness — that it would probably survive tough times again with the proper stewardship.

But the last few years (or the last 30 odd years if you want to go back to when I got seriously concerned about the environment in addition to all the other Big Things) have really provoked equal measures despair and rage in me, and a Pollyanna future barely works even as escapism. Older Trek still works for me because it is protected against my cynicism by its preexistence in a memory bubble of my youth, but honestly, the TREK that remains relevant for me is mainly the darker DS9 stuff: PAST TENSE nails things decades ahead of time, s31 shows what it needs to about governments and IN THE PALE MOONLIGHT is prid near perfect.

Sorry to pee on the wedding cake, but that’s my two cents. Now I got to go back to editing my PICARD article, which is quadruple the length it is supposed to be. (Too bad startrek.com and the newest version of the TREK magazine never respond to my inquiries, because I could keep them well-fed with just my leftovers.)

…there is no question that the classical Trek value of depicting a positive, rational future has been pretty devalued, and at this juncture is pretty out of touch with the culture. Plenty was going wrong in the world when TOS and its spinoffs were on the air — wars, assassinations, crime, environmental calamities, etc. — but there was also a sense that the world could be different…

This is a fascinating discussion. I’m not *not* convinced, but I’m not convinced, either. :)

TOS premiered in 1966 — that’s just over 20 years after V-E day, longer than the time that has passed between 9/11 and today.

If TOS could credibly portray an optimistic future a mere 20 years after the Holocaust, and indeed a mere 40 years after the Great War, I’m not sure why 9/11 precludes modern Trek from doing so as well.

I’d throw out the following hypotheses:

1. The issue is not so much 9/11 or other world events, but *domestic* politics — after Watergate, the loss of confidence in domestic institutions, and the US government to “do the right thing,” made it harder to believe in a future with a robust, stable, morally positive polity like the Federation. In the early 1960, people believed in the righteousness of Western democracy. Watergate changed that, and although that crisis of confidence receded in the 1980s and immediate post-Cold War period (uncoincidentally, the time when TNG was made), it came back with a vengeance in the new century after the Great Recession. Just *why* it came back is a huge question for political scientists.

2. Roddenberry and his cohort were not just garden-variety Hollywood producers — they served in the war, and then as a civilian commercial pilot with PanAm. Say what you will about him, but he believed in that future despite lived experience that showed how hard it would be to achieve. JJ’s lived experience is what, Hasty Pudding?

This is a fascinating (sorry) conversation to have. I think the parallel I would make is that in the mid 60’s, the nation was dealing with the existential dread of the A bomb constantly looming over them. If embracing space socialism meant not having the bomb dropped on themselves, that was something to look forward to! Now, the clear existential threats hanging over us constantly are not just the bomb, but also the wealth gap, a charred environment with the slimmest of chances of turning around, an economy that has pivoted to the exact opposite of socialism that we have healthcare from Amazon (owned by the richest person on the planet). The hopeful optimism of TOS Trek (which I still unabashedly love and show to my child) is not applicable. SNW did a radical thing (in my opinion) right off the bat in the pilot episode by showing familiar images to us 21st century rubes and pairing them with fabricated images of WWIII to show that it will get worse, much worse before it gets better. It shows us that we will pay for our follies but that we may still be resolute if we rely on each other to solve issues.

The nice thing about current Trek isn’t that all the programming is solid (spoiler, it isn’t) but that each show gives different people different views through which to help understand our humanity. Having trouble coping with trauma? There’s Discovery. Need a kids show that portrays a diverse group of kids working together? There’s Prodigy. Need a show about dealing with multiple midlife neurosis? There’s Picard. Want the old feeling of episodic cowboys in space? There’s Strange New Worlds. Need a good laugh while wallowing in the warm blanket that is 24th century LCARS and uniforms? There’s Lower Decks.

I didn’t mean to make this a defense of the franchise as a whole and sorry if I derailed the thread a bit, but I am one of the most cynical people I know and having a son that I am mostly convinced will grow up in a capitalist hellscape makes me reach for any amount of hope I can. I usually find writing and thinking about Trek gives me that so I think they’re still abiding by the original mantra set forth in the 1960’s. At least for me.

I find it very courageous that you even had a kid given that viewpoint. I knew that I couldn’t ever live with myself if I brought a kid into the world, given the way I saw the world as far back as the mid-70s when I was a teen. I spent a couple decades waiting for a vasectomy procedure to become free before finally shelling out for it myself. My wife and I always and only wanted to adopt, but never came across any situation where we’d qualify financially.

There’s a little core of gushy optimism in nearly all cynics, and Trek really used to tap that expertly with me. But that was another century …

For me Star Trek has been awful with Enterprise and only got worse JJ verse (but I thought all those were better than Nemesis at least) and more awful with Discovery and Picard.

Now I like more of that today. Really came to like Enterprise once I watched it and I did like Beyond but yeah it is on the boring side but a quality film. Picard is finally feeling like Star Trek to me this season but I said the same thing about the first two seasons after the first few episodes only to turn into huge stinkers, so not jumping the gun yet

But it’s sad I have been mostly unfulfilled since Voyager went off the air until very recently when LDS, SNW and PRO showed up. And I know some fans are still mixed on those shows too. But I am enjoying it more personally today, it just sucks it took this long.

Can’t be too compelling if no one is ponying up the money to make it, and the studio is waffling on starting it.

Even if the story was the most compelling thing ever conceived, this is a commercial business and the studio’s overriding concern is whether the pic would make money. The Kelvin films’ track record at the box office is pretty spotty. It ST films made bank, we wouldn’t be talking about when the fourth film is going to be released. We’d be eagerly anticipating the seventh .

Untrue. Film studios don’t make monetary decisions based on how compelling something is.

You’re splitting hairs on semantics there. Whatever the process is for evaluating a potential project, if compelling is one of the adjectives used to describe it, then they’ll make their decision accordingly. Outside of JJ talking it up, no one seems to be in a rush to make this movie (we’re assuming this story even exists). No one else seems too….compelled….by it.

Abrams wouldn’t know compelling if it hit him in the head.

If finding a director is the issue, why not JJ himself?

It would be erroneous to assume Abrahm’s isn’t busy.

JONATHAN FRAKES has been saying all along he’d direct a JJ ‘Trek film ….. what’s stopping Paramount (and JJ) from asking him, if they’re ONLY waiting to find a director?

Another candidate I would put forward from Star Trek is Olatunde, perhaps my favorite Trek director right now.

The problem with Olatunde is that he doesn’t know what a tripod is. Hand held camera works for action scenes, but when two people are talking and having a quiet moment he still has the camera bouncing around. It’s jarring and constantly pulls me out of the story.

Jesus Christ, no. All that guy knows how to do is spin a camera.

What’s stopping Paramount? Maybe no script. No story. No investors. Clearly, no budget. And Frakes waffles just a bit on directing, as well. Seems he does have other projects going on.

Yeah…all of this! 🤣

Simple answer. He doesn’t want to.

Because JJ will want a huge paycheck which will prevent it from being made on a reasonable budget. Trek was never a passion project for him, it was a job.

It was supposed to be a cash cow, with him wanting TPTB to suppress all other merchandise so that Kelvingear would have a wide-open road. When that didn’t happen, he probably washed at least one of his hands of it for good. And I’m more than fine with it going down that way.

I thought the 2009 film was great, which has re-watch value for me to this day. As does Beyond, which was very good except for pretty much wasting the talents of Idris Elba. As for STID, if it were a newspaper, I wouldn’t even deem to line my birdcage with it.

Overall, I find Abrams/Bad Robot to be very overrated. And please, stop using Beastie Boys songs in Trek movies.

Sooner or later Paramount will make this with the Kelvin crew! Its all about budget how little or how much they want to spend but in 2009 they went big & got approx $1.5b out of the franchise with 3 films. They just need to go big again relaunch the Kelvin crew with another mega budget JJ production with lens flare searing out of every frame & even JJ himself directing perhaps!

As crazy as that sounds, I think you’re right

Otherwise no point making another Trek movie the setup costs for new ship & crew are too high! Give the Kelvin one last adventure I think will do big box office & get a few more movies with this cast!

Makes no sense. A. They already have to make a new ship since they destroyed the last one lol. B. You think it will cost more to hire a new actor than it would to keep Zoe Saldana around who has already been in three of these and can command even more money now since her last three movies were Infinity War, Endgame and Avatar 2? Bro all those movies made more money in a single weekend than Beyond made total. 🤣🤣

What are you talking about??! New actors would be way less money unless they are Tom Cruise or Matt Damon replacing them lol.

They probably should fire the cast and just hire Cruise to do it and the next movie might actually make money.

I don’t get the lens flare or Apple bridge; SNW did that all much better with a smaller budget. I’d use the SNW bridge sets, ships just go with that’s the Kelvin “movie era” or restore the timeline or something along those lines. Go full motion picture era with Carol Marcus, Saavik, etc but something totally different like trying to stop a civilization from triggering a Higgs collapse at a supermassive black hole and go totally new with the 1701 ending up on some cross-galaxy expedition to stop it before everything (including the prime timeline) is doomed. Try to combine TMP with TWOK in some LOTR type adventure, something that should be possible but has never truly been done.

That’s not bad, something a little along the lines of what John Black pitched as a feature back in the 70s.

I always want to say that a small but successful Trek feature would be the way to go, but small, even if profitable, doesn’t often leave a mark that spurs more interest (look at Karl Urban’s DREDD — no followup and it has been over a decade I think.)

Is there just a whiff of sarcasm here?

Bro the last one bombed! No one cared about it but Trekkies and that was 3 years after STID. Now I don’t even think even a lot of Trekkies care about these movies anymore which means the next movie can bomb harder than Beyond did it the budget is too high again.

Why else has there been no movie after 7 years? It’s just money. Either they still don’t have enough to make a movie or they don’t think it will make enough. That’s all it is. If Beyond made a billion dollars, the next one would’ve been made years ago with an even bigger budget.

But instead it flopped, people aren’t dying to give the next movie more money because they will probably flop too. On top of that the cast can now ask for whatever they want not being under contract anymore and why no one has called Chris Pine. 🤣

I get why he’s complaining, but he’s also part of the problem. If they could make another big movie like Beyond they would just make the movie by now. It’s been 7 years! 😜

Pine should direct ST4. Obviously! They just need to ask him.

I just read the VF story. I don’t think that’s something Pine is interested in doing.

I like Chris Pine because, unlike pretty much everyone else involved with Trek, he’s not a hype machine. He’s an honest and thoughtful person.

One big problem is that the cast is now VERY expensive and that defeats the purpose of trying to make a film on a modest budget.

Well, perhaps the State of the Art now with Greenscreen and Monitor walling could reduce some Budget. But Today you need more CGI as in the Past and i bet many Star Trek “Pipeline CGI Artists” have their hand full with TV Series and such

But well, perhaps they can hunt for Ex-Game High Qualify Animators. They are trowing some of them out, because of saving Money. Same Ships but different Decks. could work

Go back to the TOS movie sequel model. Limit the number of space and transporter and ship shots to 150 cuts, not 1500.

And I find it terribly ironic that Pine is pushing for a lower budget. “Ok, Chris, we found a way to make it for $90m. You just have to do it for a $1m salary.” Crickets…

Quinto, Cho and Urban are doing TV shows. How pricey could they be? These guys aren’t Tom Holland or The Rock.

Semi-warm take: Pine is right. Trek films are never gonna make Marvel levels of money. Paramount would do well to disabuse themselves that they are.

Anyone in their right mind agrees!

I feel like Paramount is stalling and waiting for the clock to run out on JJ’s Kelvin Trek. It seems like it is going to be very close to a decade since Beyond before anything new is back in theaters.

With the Prime timeline of Star Trek flourishing on P+, how long will any interest in the unrelated and dormant Kelvin Trek last?

There are many questioning (including Paramount perhaps?) that the streaming series are flourishing, as you contend.

Who are the “many questioning” other than trolls here in the chat room? The streaming series objectively are flourishing as they are at the forefront of everything that Paramount+ publicizes.

Lots of people like those youtubers who have been yelling at the sky that Kurtzman is going to be fired ANY DAY NOW because new Star Trek is a failure, viewership is in the toilet, and Nick Meyer has ALREADY signed on to replace him! Haven’t you heard????

One can hope Trellium G.

2009 is the only Kelvin movie I could get my family to watch, and it convinced them to stick with the prime timeline. I can’t see myself going to a theatre to watch one alone.

I notice in hindsight that Paramount stuck JJ with making the announcement of the fourth movie launch window to investors…a deadline he’s failing to meet.

The fact that Abrams himself now seems to feel compelled to keep the hype alive suggests he’s not in a position of strength.

And why would he be?

His tentpole projects are not doing well.

Star Trek 4 should be about Kirk traveling back in time to save his father (aka Chris Hemsworth). In the process he sacrifices the Enterprise and dies dramatically but manages to restore the timeline. This erases the Kelvin alternate universe and puts everything back in place. It wound be a nice closure and ends the way the whole movie series started.

Of course the Alternative Universe is separate from the main universe so nothing needs fixing.

I’d direct it and I’d do it for 100.000 to 200,000. But I’m not really all that experienced with big budget films. Still to work on a Trek film is a dream of mine. I’ll do whatever the current prenise they got is though and not fight then. I will push it to be better of course. If anyone there at Paramount wants to contact me we can talk about it. Not that I expect them to from a post on this forum.

To summarise: I don’t feel like I need anymore of this crew. It’s too late. That era is closed for me. The series franchise is way ahead and currently way more interesting. I’m talking about SNW and any new post-TNG era series.

I feel bad for Pine, Quinto, Saldana, Urban, etc. These actors are constantly asked about a follow-up film. I don’t personally care about the Kelvin timeline … I would rather Paramount pour any money for the Trek film franchise into Kurtzman’s coffers.

A surefire way to generate the most comments in the least amount of time is to post an article on ST 4.

Maybe JJ Abrams should direct it. I mean he probably has enough pull left with the studio to actually get the movie made. Though i still believe the 4th movie as real as George Lucas sequel Star Wars trilogy. As in its not getting made.

After “Rise of Skywalker,” I’d prefer Abrams never direct anything else ever again.

I could be devil’s advocate and say he had to course correct after Last Jedi, but i won’t because JJ never had a plan. If only he had bothered to outline, and figured out who Rey was and had an actual arc for Luke. All he did was remake A New Hope. There were some interesting ideas i liked Rey as a scavenger and the idea of Finn as a renegade former stromtrooper turned Jedi. But it never went anywhere. The least interesting to me was Kylo as the new Vader. Why did Luke search for the first Jedi temple, why was there a map. A bunch of mystery boxes. And Last Jedi didn’t answer them. Also JJ making Rey a Palpatine i also found incredibly disappointing.

JJ was handed an impossible task with that film, and I guarantee he didn’t even want to do it. But they wanted his name attached, and probably thought that if anyone could clean up that mess it could be him, and backed up a brinks truck to convince him.

The real question is why they didn’t just contract him for all three in the first place, so there could be at the very least one clean story, win or lose.

Pine is frankly right. And I’m not even a fan. Trek was never going to pull in Marvel money and they should spend less on the movie and expect modest returns. As many of the TOS era movies showed us, You can make classic timeless movies on a limited budget if you Just Stick To the STORY!

“I always thought, Why aren’t we just appealing to this really rabid fan group and making the movie for a good price and going on our merry way, instead of trying to compete with the Marvels of the world?” At least Sad Robot did a decent job casting Kirk because that Pine guy is also smarter than the admirals.

Just feed ChatGTP with all those attempted scripts and ideas for ST4 (and the rejected for ST3) and we might get a story…

Chris Pine nailed it on the head. It goes to show you that the actual artists and creators understand the real potential and niche this franchise holds. It’s the number crunchers at the top trying to squeeze every damn penny out of us that create issues. Good on Pine for allowing his frustration to boil over. A combination of passion for the material and being self aware enough to know he’s ready to move on if it’s just going to cause frustration.

I’m of the opinion that the movie franchise needs a new “showrunner”, because it really demands someone’s undivided attention, and I mean no slight to JJ Abrams when I say his undivided attention is a rare commodity.

Is anyone even looking for a fourth movie at this point?

If pine wants the film made on a tighter budget he could have helped by accepting a lesser fee.

I’m hoping Star Trek 4 is base on TOS “Assignment: Earth” and TOS “Tomorrow is Yesterday” together. It would make a super Star Trek movie.

A better formula for success is to stop trying to recast old characters with new actors. Just invent new characters and tell new stories with those guys.

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Star trek’s 4 new movies explained (& which will happen).

A rumored four Star Trek movies are currently in development, but realistically, which of these projects, if any, will happen?

  • Only one of the four Star Trek movies currently in development is in active production.
  • Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek: Section 31 movie is the most concrete project, currently in production for Paramount+.
  • Rumors of a Star Trek: Picard movie have emerged but there is no confirmation or indication of its development.

If rumors are to be believed, there are currently four Star Trek movies in various states of development. However, fans have good reason to be skeptical about whether these movie projects will happen . A sequel to 2016's Star Trek Beyond has languished in development hell for almost eight years, with no signs of entering active production after it was removed from Paramount's theatrical slate in 2023. Reports recently emerged about a second J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek movie, which would be set decades before the 2009 reboot.

As if two Star Trek projects in development for theatrical release weren't enough, there are also reportedly two spinoff movies, one of which is confirmed to stream on Paramount+. This would be Academy Award-winner Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek: Section 31, which is in production. Details of the second Star Trek movie are slightly more nebulous, with various outlets jumping on the apparent existence of a script for a Star Trek: Picard continuation . It's worth pointing out, however, that only one of these four Star Trek projects is in active production .


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4 star trek: section 31 movie on paramount plus, confirmed and filming from january until march in toronto..

Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek: Section 31 movie is the most concrete feature film project currently in the works. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi from a script by Craig Sweeny, Section 31 will return to the story of Emperor Phillipa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) and her role within Starfleet's titular covert organization. Not much more is known about the Paramount+ exclusive Star Trek movie, but more details may begin emerging now that Section 31 has entered production. One of the biggest questions is whether the Section 31 movie takes place between Star Trek: Discovery seasons 1 and 2, or if it picks up the story of Georgiou after Discovery season 3.

Star Trek: Section 31 is the only Star Trek movie that is currently in production , but it's aimed at Paramount+'s streaming audience and not a theatrical one. That's despite featuring Academy Award-winning actress Michelle Yeoh in the lead role, but Yeoh's involvement may have some crossover appeal. Yeoh has reportedly been a driving force in getting Star Trek: Section 31 made, which is in sharp contrast to how J.J. Abrams' Star Trek cast has been kept at arm's length when it comes to a fourth Kelvin Timeline movie.

Section 31 is the first of what is hoped to be a series of made-for-streaming-on-Paramount+ Star Trek m ovies every two years.

3 Star Trek Origin Prequel Movie

Writer seth grahame-smith and director toby haynes are attached to the project..

News about a new Star Trek origin movie was broken by Deadline on January 10, 2024. Sources told the Hollywood news site that the new Star Trek movie will be written by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 's Seth Grahame-Smith and directed by Star Wars: Andor and Doctor Who 's Toby Haynes. The story is reported to take place " decades before " the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies. The Star Trek origin movie will be produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot , suggesting that it will be linked to the Kelvin rather than the Prime timeline, despite both being potential settings given the time frame.

No further details about the story of the new Star Trek origin movie have been revealed, but Abrams' involvement and the setting do suggest it could be set in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the USS Kelvin, although "decades before" also hints the prequel movie could be set even further in the past. The involvement of Seth Grahame-Smith and Toby Haynes is a good indicator that this is a serious prospect for a future Star Trek movie . However, one need only look at the wealth of talent that has been attached to Star Trek 4 since 2016 to see that this is not a guarantee the origin movie will see cameras rolling.

As well as directing Andor and Doctor Who , Toby Haynes also directed Black Mirror 's Star Trek homage, "USS Callister".

The USS Kelvin orbits a star, while Captain Archer stands in dress uniform

Could Scott Bakula’s Archer Return In Star Trek’s New Origin Movie?

2 star trek 4, the final chapter for chris pine's crew is in "active development"..

The same report in Deadline revealed that " the final chapter in that main series, Star Trek 4, remains in active development. " While it's heartening to know that Paramount Studios still want to give Chris Pine's Star Trek movies the send-off that they deserve, there's still much to be skeptical about. Star Trek 4 was originally slated for a Christmas 2023 theatrical release until director Matt Shakman left the project . Shakman joined Hollywood big hitters like Chris Hemsworth and Quentin Tarantino in departing Star Trek 4 , a project that has been in development since 2016.

There have been no announcements about new directors or writers being attached to Star Trek 4 after Lindsay Beer left to direct Pet Sematary: Bloodlines . Chris Pine publicly stated that he wasn't aware of a Star Trek 4 project back in November 2023. However, the uncomfortable truth about the future of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies is that the cast always appears to be the last people to hear about any developments. Until there's an official announcement about filming dates for Star Trek 4 , it would be prudent not to expect Chris Pine's final chapter to hit theaters any time soon.

1 Star Trek: Picard Movie

Has a patrick stewart interview been misunderstood.

Rumors of a Star Trek: Picard movie emerged from an interview with Patrick Stewart on Joshua Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast . During a discussion about Star Trek movies and filmmaking in general, Patrick Stewart revealed that a script “ for the actor Patrick to perform ” was in development . Various outlets took this to mean that a Star Trek: Picard movie was in the scripting stages. However, placed in the context of Patrick Stewart's conversation with Joshua Horowitz, the quote doesn't reveal anything of the sort. It sounds more like Patrick Stewart is talking about another, non- Star Trek project.

Patrick Stewart then goes on to discuss Star Trek: Picard with Josh Horowitz as if it's a separate entity from the script that he was expecting in the mail. Michelle Yeoh's Star Trek: Section 31 movie is said to be the first of a series of Paramount+ exclusive movies, but there's nothing to suggest that a Picard movie is in development . While a Picard movie could serve as a backdoor pilot for Terry Matalas' similarly hypothetical Star Trek: Legacy show, there is currently no reason that Star Trek fans should expect a Patrick Stewart-led movie.

All three of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies are streaming now on Paramount+.

Star Trek Picard Poster

Star Trek: Picard

After starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation for seven seasons and various other Star Trek projects, Patrick Stewart is back as Jean-Luc Picard. Star Trek: Picard focuses on a retired Picard who is living on his family vineyard as he struggles to cope with the death of Data and the destruction of Romulus. But before too long, Picard is pulled back into the action. The series also brings back fan-favorite characters from the Star Trek franchise, such as Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Worf (Michael Dorn), and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes).

Michelle Yeoh as Emperor Philippa Georgiou in Star Trek- Discovery

Star Trek: Section 31

In this Paramount+ exclusive movie event, Michelle Yeoh returns as Emperor Philippa Georgiou, who was first introduced in Star Trek: Discovery Season 1. Star Trek: Section 31 centers on Yeoh's character as she faces her past sins and is recruited by Starfleet's secret division that protects the United Federation of Planets.

Star Trek 4 Gets Promising Update After Losing Director Matt Shakman

Bones, Kirk, Spock looking up

While there seems to never be a shortage of "Star Trek" TV shows to enjoy, there haven't been any big-screen contributions from the franchise since "Star Trek Beyond." The sequel to the 2016 feature has struggled to get off the ground thanks to a number of delays, including having  lost director Matt Shakman  in 2022. But despite the many issues "Star Trek 4"  has endured, fans shouldn't lose hope — one of the film's writers, Lindsey Anderson Beer, has good news to report.

While discussing the prequel horror movie "Pet Sematary: Bloodlines," Anderson Beer offered an encouraging update regarding the "Star Trek" sequel. "It's still on the tracks," she told Collider during an interview. "I love that project, and it was another one that I had to hop off of to direct this movie, and that was a hard thing to do. But I loved everybody involved with that project."

Some fans see a director's chair in Simon Pegg's Star Trek future

Simon Pegg has played Montgomery Scott, aka Scotty, in all three of  Chris Pine's "Star Trek" movies , and some fans believe the actor should also sit in the director's chair for "Star Trek 4." Redditor  u/anonymous_fireflyfan started a thread by posting, "If it's so hard to find a director for 'Star Trek 4,' and Simon Pegg wants to do 'Star Trek 4' so bad why doesn't he just direct it? Get someone passionate about Trek, like Pegg, and you'll make a great movie." Several people agreed, like  u/hoodoomonster , who commented, "Yes! He would give us a charming and fun story. We don't need worlds destroyed every time." Redditor  u/Sea-Professional-953 also thought Pegg would be a great choice, commenting, "I love the idea of Simon Peg [sic] directing 'Star Trek 4' – an entire movie where the crew of the Enterprise overcomes obstacles just to get to a pub on Deep Space Nine."

While Pegg is known for appearing in everything from the "Mission: Impossible" movies to "The Boys," the actor also has several credits as a screenwriter, including "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "Star Trek Beyond." He has also directed two short films, "Simon's Cam" and "Au Revoir, Chris Hemsworth." While that doesn't give him much experience, fans see him as a refreshingly bold candidate who could be the crucial factor needed to complete the mission successfully. And with those exciting endorsements, it will be interesting to see how things play out now that it's known that "Star Trek 4" is still happening.

Star Trek 4 confirmed with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldaña returning

The Enterprise crew are set to reunite for the new movie

Star Trek

Star Trek 4 is getting the gang back together and production is due to start this year, Deadline reports.

Although no official deals have been made yet, Paramount is reportedly in talks with original cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldaña, and John Cho. They played Enterprise crew Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Bones, Uhura, and Sulu in 2009’s Star Trek and its two follow-ups, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and 2016’s Star Trek Beyond .

Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the movies, passed away in 2016, just a month before Star Trek Beyond was released. Whether or not the character will be recast in Star Trek 4 has yet to be confirmed.

WandaVision director Matt Shakman is helming the movie – he’s also directed episodes of shows including Game of Thrones, Succession, Mad Men, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. J.J. Abrams , who directed the first two movies, is returning as a producer, and filming is due to start in late 2022. Josh Friedman, who co-wrote Avatar 2 with James Cameron , and Cameron Squires, who worked with Shakman on WandaVision, are on screenwriting duties.

Talk of a new Star Trek movie has been around for a while, with both Quentin Tarantino and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley reported to be directing new installments –  The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith worked with the former to script the unmade movie. 

While we wait for Star Trek 4 to arrive on the big screen, check out our list of the other upcoming movies to get excited about in 2022 and beyond.

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Star Trek 4 Writer Confirms Long-Awaited Sequel is Still Moving Forward

Star Trek 4 Writer Confirms Long-Awaited Sequel Is Still Moving Forward

By Maggie Dela Paz

Speaking with Collider , Star Trek 4 writer Lindsey Anderson Beer finally clarified the current status of the long-in-development fourth installment to the J.J. Abrams -produced Star Trek film franchise. Despite its suffering from delays, Beer confirmed that the highly-anticipated project is still moving forward at Paramount Pictures.

“It is, it’s still on the tracks,” She said. “I love that project, and it was another one that I had to hop off of to direct this movie, and that was a hard thing to do. But I love that everybody involved with that project.” However, it’s currently unclear if Beer had already left Star Trek 4 in order to shift her focus on directing Pet Sematary: Bloodlines ,or if her work on the project is temporarily on hold while the Paramount continues its search for a new director .

Star Trek 4’s Pre-Production Setbacks

It has already been nearly four years since Paramount Pictures confirmed the development of Star Trek 4. Since then, the project has undergone multiple creative changes including director changes. Last year, fans began doubting if Star Trek 4 would ever get made after Paramount decided to remove it from their 2023 theatrical release schedule.

In early 2022, during Paramount’s Investors Day Presentation, producer J.J. Abrams confirmed that Star Trek 4 was indeed in active development with the original cast expected to return including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg. As of the now, the project currently has no director attached to it yet after WandaVision’s Matt Shakman exited the movie due to scheduling conflicts with Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four.

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The next installment in the Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto-led reboot series has been trapped in development limbo since early 2022.

The Big Picture

  • Star Trek fans can look forward to another installment in the reboot series, although it may take some time before it hits the big screen.
  • Lindsey Anderson Beer, the writer/director of the upcoming Pet Sematary: Bloodlines prequel movie, expressed her love for the Star Trek project and hinted at its positive progress.
  • While the script may have changed hands, the studio has not abandoned Star Trek 4 , and director Matt Shakman confirmed that they are still working on a version of the project he was involved in before he moved to Fantastic Four .

Star Trek fans have had a feast of content over the past 6 years with Star Trek: Discovery kicking off a renaissance of television shows following Starfleet's best and brightest on some of the most thrilling adventures the galaxy has ever seen. However, none of the currently or recently airing Star Trek shows would've been possible without the wild success of the reboot movies following Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as the iconic Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. With an alternate origin story, the movie franchise boldly hit theaters in 2009 and spawned two sequel movies with Star Trek: Into Darkness remixing the Wrath of Khan in 2013, and Star Trek: Beyond telling a whole new story in 2016.

Now, 7 years later, fans are still clamoring for another installment in the now-loved reboot series. During a conversation about her upcoming Pet Sematary: Bloodlines prequel movie, writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer spoke with Collider's Perri Nemiroff about the status of her long-in-development follow-up to Star Trek: Beyond . While it sounds like things are likely still in the early stages, Anderson Beer sounded positive about the likelihood that we'll still be getting that fourth movie. As she told Nemiroff:

"It is, it's still on the tracks. I love that project, and it was another one that I had to hop off of to direct this movie, and that was a hard thing to do. But I love that everybody involved with that project."

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Star Trek 4 , was initially set for production in the back half of 2022, but that first announcement jumped the phaser a bit as it also surprised the stars who were reportedly set to return at the time. While it looks like Anderson Beer may no longer be penning the script for this one, it does sound like the studio hasn't abandoned the project. Director Matt Shakman shared similar comments with Collider earlier this year. Shakman was slated to direct the fourth movie, however, he too had to step away from the project when he was tapped to helm the upcoming Fantastic Four movie which is set to introduce the super team to the MCU. Shakman told Editor-In-Chief Steve Weintraub , "I think what they're still working on is a version of what I have been working on for the time that I was involved."

While it may be a while before the movie fully gets off the ground, Star Trek fans can rest assured knowing that the project is still on the table. Check out Nemiroff's full conversation with Anderson Beer below.

Chris Pine Opens Up About Star Trek 4 And Why The Franchise Has 'Struggled' Compared To Marvel

Seeing Marvel's success would make anyone question their franchise.

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The Star Trek 4 reports caught a number of people off guard, as even Chris Pine and the rest of the cast were surprised . This is even more shocking considering that the cast was said to be in talks to return . Shortly after the news broke, Pine claimed they were the last to know about the latest installment. Now that the dust has settled somewhat, the Dungeons and Dragons actor is really opening up about the fourth film as well as how the franchise has struggled compared to Marvel.

The All the Old Knives actor was interviewed by Deadline and gave his take on being part of the storied sci-fi franchise. Just as co-star Karl Urban did when he broke his silence , Chris Pine confirmed that he hadn't seen a script yet. However, he did mention that he'd met with Star Trek 4 director Matt Shakman and Paramount’s new executive regime, with the meetings seemingly having gone well. Pine would go on to profess his love for the franchise in which he's played Captain James T. Kirk for three movies:

Conceptually, I love it. I love Star Trek. Again, I love the messaging of it. I love the character. I love my friends with whom I get to play. It’s a great gig. I mean, it’s a gig I’ve had, working and not working, for 15-plus years. It cemented the career that I have now. I’m honored to be a part of it. It’s given me so much. I think there are plenty of stories to tell in it. You know, I think Star Trek for me, it’s an interesting one.

The Star Trek Beyond actor definitely doesn’t mind expressing his gratitude to the high-grossing film series. While the Kelvin universe has grossed close to $1 billion worldwide, the returns were viewed as somewhat meager compared to the profits of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's multiple billion-dollar films. The Kirk actor spoke on how those benchmarks loomed over his own franchise:

We always tried to get the huge international market. It was always about making the billion dollars. It was always this billion-dollar mark because Marvel was making a billion. Billion, billion, billion. We struggled with it because Star Trek, for whatever reason, its core audience is rabid. Like rabid, as you know. To get these people that are interested that maybe are Star Wars fans or think Star Trek is not cool or whatever, proven to be … we’ve definitely done a good job of it but not the billion-dollar kind of job that they want.

Chris Pine seems to understand the Star Trek brand is a bit more niche compared to Disney staples like Marvel and Star Wars . Competing in the MCU era can be a huge undertaking for any studio, to be honest. Still, the actor appears pleased with how the Trek movies turned out. He later opined about how the franchise should’ve been more concerned with the avid fanbase than billion-dollar returns:

I’ve always thought that Star Trek should operate in the zone that is smaller. You know, it’s not a Marvel appeal. It’s like, let’s make the movie for the people that love this group of people, that love this story, that love Star Trek. Let’s make it for them and then, if people want to come to the party, great. But make it for a price and make it, so that if it makes a half-billion dollars, that’s really good.

Appealing more to the multi-generational fanbase may have been the better route for the Kelvin timeline films. Sure, it doesn't hurt to try to bring in new viewers but, in doing so, one runs the risk of alienating the core audience. The Wonder Woman actor took his thoughts a step further by explaining what he would do with the ballooning costs of tentpole films:

But we operate in a system now which I don’t know how much longer we have of you have to spend 500 million dollars on a film to reach …even you have to pay all sorts of people back. So, to make a billion, it’s like you haven’t even — a billion is the gross. You haven’t brought your net in. So, I mean, if I had my business suit on, that’s what I would do, but I don’t know where that is. That’s all above my pay grade.

The actor-producer has clearly put a lot of thought into how one could best market and finance such films. Of course, when it comes to the Trek franchise he's not making those decisions. Hopefully, Paramount will take care while developing this latest film and not get too caught up in the Marvel numbers. 

It's unknown when the movie could start shooting, but Star Trek 4 is set to arrive in theaters on December 22, 2023, seven years after the release of Star Trek Beyond (which the new movie could learn from) . In the meantime, you can stream the first three films with an Amazon Prime subscription .


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