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Quinto: Not Confident Enough (Yet) To Direct Star Trek – Talks About Trek Cast’s Future After 2016 July 18, 2014

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Zachary Quinto has talked much about how he and Leonard Nimoy bonded during the making of the 2009 Star Trek movie, however he doesn’t appear ready to follow the original Spock to Trek director’s chair. Details below, plus Quinto’s comments on the future of the franchise following the third Star Trek for the new crew in 2016.

Quinto not ‘confident’ enough to direct Star Trek – curious about future after 2016

In more extended transcript from his press event at the Summer TCA (via Spinoff) about his new Starz documentary TV show "The Chair" (about first-time directors), Zachary Quinto was asked if he would like to follow in the footsteps of Leonard Nimoy (the original Spock) and direct a Star Trek movie. Quinto didn’t seem ready to take on such a task, saying…

I want to direct. I’m already producing, and producing at increasingly on a high-profile level. I haven’t yet directed. That’s something I aspire to, but I doubt that I would feel confident enough to start in that realm.

Quinto not ready to follow Leonard Nimoy to Star Trek director’s chair

Quinto then went on to talk about the future of Star Trek with the his third time playing Spock (slated for 2016) and beyond…

I feel like we all signed on for three movies, so we’re coming up to the conclusion of that commitment. It will be very interesting to see how our relationships to the franchise evolve beyond that point.

What happens after the next Star Trek movie is an open question. Before the 2009 Star Trek film all the actors signed options for an additional two films (for a total of three) so any fourth film would require renegotiations, and that assumes they are interested (and Paramount wants to continue with the same cast).

POLL: Fourth movie?

Do you think the same cast is coming back again for a fourth movie?

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Three and done? Or more for the new Trek crew?

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July 18, 2014 12:33 am

My vote would be on either No new movies for at least 5+ years after 2016, or a new ship, and a new crew.

My hope, is that they eventually actually give the go ahead on a new television series. Preferably set in the Prime Universe, post-Voyager at least 100+ years. It worked for one Trek spinoff being 100 years after another show.

July 18, 2014 12:46 am

They should wrap up the alt-timeline in this upcoming film and then just set everything back to normal.

July 18, 2014 12:49 am

I’d like to see the new timeline continue into a Five-Year Mission on TV, with as many of this present cast as possible. 10 – 12 eps/year, season-long story arc, with mini-arcs [2 or 3 episodes].

Khan 2.0
July 18, 2014 1:35 am

Maybe it be similar to XMen…a 4th film with another cast like First Class… (TNG origin movie) ..then somewhere down the line a DOFP type movie with JJ cast and the nuTNG

July 18, 2014 1:48 am

Completely new cast for either a rebooted series or a rebootet TNG-cast – or a completely new crew… Enterprise G or something like that.

Would be fitting. We have a big farewell for the 50th anniversary and use the anniversary to start something new. A new Trek, newer the Nu-Trek ;)

Keachick (Rose)
July 18, 2014 2:13 am

Same cast in this alternate universe Star Trek film and/or TV series – that is my wish!

July 18, 2014 3:20 am

Cold truth: ST 2016 will be the last nu trek movie. That’ s why Orci wanted to direct this movie. Last chance.
And CBS does not want Nutrekverse. They have its own bacon…the original star trek…98% is original timeline merchandasing…That’ s the real business…That’ s why original timeline has future and nu trek has not.
Ah, December 2015: Paramount/Bad Robot end its partnership…

No future for nu trek. Nu Trek was only a joke, a sideshow… and with the return of SW, gijoe trek is not necesary, original thing is always better…

IDIC Lives!
July 18, 2014 3:35 am

#7 Oscar
You are a wise man (I assume you are a man, your name being Oscar).

July 18, 2014 3:40 am

New five year mission on TV with either recast TOS crew or set TNG’s distant future with a new TV show.

July 18, 2014 3:45 am
Based on the quotes supplied and the article cited, I’m going to have to disagree with the TrekMovie Staff’s assertion that “Quinto not interested in directing Star Trek.” “Look, I want to direct.” — Zachary Quinto That indicates interest. “… I doubt that I would feel confident enough to start in that realm.” — Zachary Quinto Having doubts is NOT the same thing as “not interested”. Besides, we’ve been doing this dance enough to know that directors and studios don’t commit until there’s a script, and Quinto says what ST4’s script will have to have for him to assume the… Read more »
Dytallix B
July 18, 2014 3:49 am
The ‘nu-trek’ movies have been appalling so far, so I really hope that the third is the last. I would love to see Trek return to TV with a new ship and crew. Set it in the 25th Century, make it clear in the first ten minutes that Vulcan still exists so that the fans know it is the prime universe again, and off you go. However, it seems doubtful that the ‘powers that be’ will want to produce a new series as it would be quite a risk. Mind you, people used to say that about Doctor Who. Perhaps… Read more »
July 18, 2014 4:44 am

Thanks, pal.
Nu trek was a Paramount’ s trick. They wanted to earn easy money with two or three gijoe trek movies made for easy moviegoers. This was its only plan.
That’ s why CBS, the real boss, is not interested in nu trek.
Roberto Orci wanted a nu trek series. CBS says nope. He wanted an animated series. CBS says nope. ABRAMS wanted to replace TOS merchandasing by nu trek merchandasing, CBS says nope.

1. Actors end contracts
2. Paramount / Bad Robot end contract
3. CBS is not interested in nu trek.

1+1+1= 3
3= ST 2016 , last nu trek movie.

July 18, 2014 4:52 am
I think it would be easy to have a new TV-series set in the Prime Universe. Let’s face it. The cast of nu-Trek commited to three film. Today it’s different in the movie industry than 30 to 40 years ago. I doubt we will ever get actors as dedicated to playing one role as it was the case with Shatner and Nimoy. Nowadays actors want more diverse roles, which is totally ok. Also the execs at the studios do not want this as then actors could come up and demand more and more money, so actors need to be replaceable.… Read more »
July 18, 2014 5:35 am

Why can’t they keep this cast AND set it in the Prime Universe.

Look at that massive gap between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Khan, during which the Enterprise crew grow ever more seasoned until they reach “old”.

The Enterprise refit redone with all the ILM CG of the current movie ship. It’s as iconic as its late 70s design cousin the Millennium Falcon, which will no doubt grace our screens shortly.

July 18, 2014 6:05 am
@11 I don’t think its a matter of risk for a Trek TV series, its just no ones interested at this time. Look at all the Zombie movies that have been made, yet they did one on TV ..”The walking Dead” and that seems to be doing very well. As much as I’m been Zombied to death , I like the TV show. The point someone or ones at HBO saw a Zombie TV series could work and the rest is history. So if Someone at Paramount /CBS have a interest in a Star Trek TV series, it will happen… Read more »
Mike Barnett
July 18, 2014 6:26 am
NuHaters or Talifans won’t like my list but this Trekkie (since 1966) doesn’t care about them. I like all forms of Trek and I’m all-in on nuTrek with it’s alternate universe. My list assumes that CBS & Paramount can finally get on the same page. 1. Sign the current cast for more movies (every 3 to 4 years). These would be action/adventure/thriller big-budget movies. 2. Sign the current movie cast for at least 3 seasons of a TV series (streaming or cable or premium cable) with 8 to 16 episodes per season. This would be more of the character driven… Read more »
July 18, 2014 6:26 am
In the Prime ST universe, whenever it was discovered that the timeline had been tampered with and altered, the Enterprise crew would set about trying to “fix” the problem and restore the original timeline. (A few examples: “Tomorrow is Yesterday”, “The City on the Edge of Forever”, “Assignment: Earth”, “Yesteryear”, “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, “All Good Things…”, “First Contact”). Therefore, in the first JJ-Trek film, after Nero changed the timeline and destroyed Vulcan, Spock’s expected and logical course of action should have been to attempt to restore the original timeline via time travel. He had at his disposal a number of ways… Read more »
July 18, 2014 6:42 am

Of course there will be more nuTrek. Paramount is not about to let go of the franchise, and CBS isn’t interested in producing a new series. What could happen is having new actors playing these roles with a new production crew. There’s too much money at stake. But I am hoping that there will be nuTNG someday…

July 18, 2014 6:53 am

New cast, characters and ship please. Prime universe sounds better. Do the new 13 episode seasons on a channel daring enough to do it right. Is that CBS? Or CBS partnership with an AMC or FX(X)? Quality over quantity these days. Engage…

July 18, 2014 7:03 am
ive long wished they’d “fix” the alt-universe in this upcoming film but I assume they wont. I do assume the movie will make lots of money and Paramount will want to continue with another movie in 2-3 years though it wouldn’t surprise me to see Orci/Abrams etc drift away from it. In the TOS movies, it was important to have all the actors sign up and ofcourse, outside of the big three none of them were expensive. Might cost a bit more money this time, but probably wouldnt be difficult to get the cast back under contract for a couple… Read more »
July 18, 2014 7:13 am
Unless this next film really blows my socks off (which I’m not terribly hopeful about, given the last), I have no problem never seeing this particular cast again. I agree with those who say Trek will do a fade for a number of years after this. For a channel like AMC or FX to pick up a Trek show, the writing would have to be pretty tight, the production values high. Competition on television is incredible now, as is the quality. There’s just no room for mediocre shows anymore. And a Trek show, done right, would be very expensive to… Read more »
Curious Cadet
July 18, 2014 7:14 am
@16 Mike Barnett, I doubt any of that will happen. The majority of the cast is not likely to sign on for recurring film installments, and Paramount is not going to start replacing them piecemeal a la Bewitched and the Darrin swap of the 1960s. There might be one more film with all 7 cast, but scheduling all of them without a contractual obligation might be close to impossible. And Paramount is looking to cut costs. They’re trying to reduce the budget by $20 million by shooting outside of LA, but as soon as the actors contracts are up, so… Read more »
Trek in a Cafe
July 18, 2014 7:26 am

A good idea for a new trek series would be to set the series during the second five year mission. Begin the series shortly after the end of TMP and then you have five years (or more) before TWOK.

Isn’t that what happened according to the novelization by Roddenberry himself?

July 18, 2014 7:29 am

I would like to see the third movie be the launching point for a TV series. I suspect most of the actors do not want to be pinned down to doing Star Trek and want to move on to other ventures.

July 18, 2014 7:32 am

Karl Urban at least has already said that he’d be happy to keep going as long as they want him, but he genuinely loves Trek. I imagine Simon Pegg is the same. The real issue would be Pine, Quinto, and Saldana – they’re the biggest stars, so they’re probably the ones in danger of getting bored with it all and wanting to go do something else, especially Quinto. As long as Paramount throws enough money at them, though, I’m sure the cast will all return for at least a fourth movie. (But never a TV series.)

July 18, 2014 7:42 am

Keep em for one more. If it’s done in a Classic Trek style!

Is there not one crewmember that would like to go there?

Curious Cadet
July 18, 2014 7:58 am
@25. Nony, I’ve don’t doubt Urban’s or Pegg’s statements. But there’s a difference between continuing to do it without anything else going on, and doing it for the same money when there are other more lucrative or challenging offers on the table, as is most certainly always going to be case with one of the seven actors, regardless of their interest in Trek. If I were Urban, however, I would not be quite so affable considering how under-utilized his character has been. If they don’t give him more to do in the next film, love of Trek or not, he… Read more »
Picard, Jean-Luc
July 18, 2014 8:04 am
Beyond 2016 I’d hope that someone somewhere out there will have the will and commitment to put Star Trek back on the telly and really cement the franchise as THE pioneering Sci-Fi TV show that can’t be missed, appointment TV shown on just as TOS was for the 60’s, just as TNG was for the 90’s. New Star Trek, completely new vision for it that reflects our world today and yet maintains the integrity that Star Trek has always had. Trek’s home is TV. I’d love to see this cast do more though, out of all of the Trek crew’s… Read more »
Curious Cadet
July 18, 2014 8:14 am
@26. TrekMadeMeWonder, “Keep em for one more. If it’s done in a Classic Trek style!” Hmmmmm. While I have no interest in returning to the Prime universe (just better scripts), this is not a bad idea for the 50th anniversary film. While I know this is not what you intended: Bring Nimoy back to play the role he played in ST09 — one of teacher. Don’t waste him as an alternate universe encyclopedia of info as they did in STID. Let’s kill Prime Spock off, and on his deathbed have him impart to Quinto and Pine in flashback (mind meld)… Read more »
Captain Pike
July 18, 2014 8:23 am
I’d like to see a return to TV. That is where Trek really belongs. Just while I am here – one thing about these new movies that occurs to me whilst reading Roddenberry’s memo’s during his original series run… Chekov in the JJ Abrams universe is actually a lot closer to the character originally envisaged rather than Walter Koenig’s Beatles-esque visage. He is a true wunderkind in the JJ movies, as opposed to what we saw in TOS. Read the memo’s. This is how the character was always supposed to be. There are many things that bother me about the… Read more »
July 18, 2014 8:24 am
Since I really like the cast I’d love for them to stay on more Treks. The difference I’d like most to see is with the writing, the storytelling. I want Star Trek to again be respected by the science fiction community as well as the general audience. Respected and embraced by both those groups the way TNG was during its heyday. IMO the best thing Bad Robot did was their recasting of the original 7. Even Quinto, who is my least favorite of the nucast, has grown on me. Yeah, I’d like to see the nuguys in a Trek movie… Read more »
Mad Mann
July 18, 2014 8:28 am

Oh man. Remember the 1990s? That’s when we were SPOILED by the amount of new Star Trek being produced. New TNG movies every two years, TWO new TV series on the air at the same time, 30th anniversary specials, ST: The Experience, Playmates Toys, etc. Not to mention several hours of Trek in syndication on every day!

Oh man do I miss those days.

July 18, 2014 8:54 am
Pines former agent leaked he is only getting paid $1.5m to $3m per Trek film so I doubt he would return after 2016 unless they offer a lot more money. You can see the other cast members will be on far less this is a cheap cast for Paramount most of the budget goes on the VFX so after Trek 2016 will require either a mega hit to give them all a decent rise or some will not want to appear again when they can earn more elsewhere. Paramount have a long history of not wanting to pay Trek actors… Read more »
Red Dead Ryan
July 18, 2014 9:14 am
Firstly, I think the cast will move on after the third movie. Paramount will look to decrease production costs substantially if they do go ahead with a fourth. Secondly, a fourth movie (another reboot, set in yet another universe) will be made several years down the road after being put on ice due to lack of interest and/or progress on how to proceed. The next iteration will be made by a no-name director featuring a young cast made up of relative unknowns as well as washed-up c-listers. Thirdly, there will be no tv series for a long time. CBS isn’t… Read more »
July 18, 2014 9:18 am

29 Curious Cadet

Wat you described would really tie in nicelyl with the 50th and Nu Trek.

July 18, 2014 9:23 am
Im not sure it would be very difficult to get the actors to sign on for a couple more movies. Its good money. They seem to enjoy the work. And if they are smart they see the benefits to being tied to a franchise. Pine is the new Jack Ryan so he’s obviously comfortable with being a Franchise star. Other actors do it too. I dont see it as being a big deal. TV would also be fine if it was done premium. A lot of movie stars are going back to TV for the quality of the story-telling and… Read more »
July 18, 2014 9:24 am

29 Curious Cadet

What you described would really tie in nicely with the 50th and Nu Trek.

July 18, 2014 9:39 am
Paramount/bad robot productions end contract: december 2015. And no renewal. It mean, no more Abramsverse. Avengers world, SW, Spider Man, X Men…extended universes Paramount has not any extended cinematic universe. If they want one the easiest choice is the original ST…the greatest space sci fi saga ever… ST future is the original timeline…Nu trek was only a break, a sideshow Business is business. And the original timeline is better bussines than Nutrek…nu trek is only movies, but the original timeline is a whole, global business: films, tv series, novels, merchandasing…CBS knows it, Paramount knows it. ST 2016 is the last… Read more »
July 18, 2014 9:41 am
@29 No flashbacks. This would just be shoehorning the old cast in. It needs to be a meaningful and epic story and we need to know that Prime Kirk ist alive and well. And why do you want to get rid of Prime Spock? They should get rid of Nu-Spock or Nu-Kirk. Killing them off for good would be THE thing to distance the alternate universe from the Prime universe. Something big happening that has an impact on the crew. Blowing up Vulcan and never mentioning it again was a lame excuse. Blow the Enterprise up, kill off Kirk and/or… Read more »
Mike Barnett
July 18, 2014 9:41 am

22. Curious Cadet
What you said makes sense to me. I guess my bottom line would be some sort of Trek after 2016. Movies and/or TV series with any cast would make me happy.

July 18, 2014 9:57 am

Well, Oscar, still have your head firmly shoved into a rather constrictive body cavity, I see. As long as you continue to ignore that the alternative universe is gaining traction in other venues, I have no idea what drives your rather irrational bias, but it certainly isn’t a firm grasp of the facts.

July 18, 2014 10:01 am

Several months ago someone on this board swore that Pine was signed for a fourth film, and that he admitted it publicly. I have no idea if this is true.

July 18, 2014 10:13 am

28. Picard, Jean-Luc
“Beyond 2016 I’d hope that someone somewhere out there will have the will and commitment to put Star Trek back on the telly and really cement the franchise as THE pioneering Sci-Fi TV show that can’t be missed, appointment TV shown on just as TOS was for the 60′s, just as TNG was for the 90′s. New Star Trek, completely new vision for it that reflects our world today and yet maintains the integrity that Star Trek has always had.

Trek’s home is TV.”



July 18, 2014 10:21 am

after 2016 reboot TNG, this is my dream team.

Story elements of best of both worlds, all good things… and yesterdays enterprise

James McAvoy as Jean Luc Picard
Tom Hiddleston as Lt. Cmdr Data
Henry Cavill as Commander Riker
Jessica Alba as Counsellor Troi
Idris Elba as Lieutenant Worf
Bryce Dallas Howard as Dr. Beverly Crusher
Jennifer Lawrence as Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Jamie Foxx as Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge
Zoe Saldana as Guinan
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wesley Crusher

Robin Williams as Q

Directed by James Cameron or Christopher Nolan or Joss Whedon
Music by Cliff Eidelman
Written by Ronald D. Moore and Harlan Ellison and Roberto Orci
Budget $250million

Captain Pike
July 18, 2014 10:25 am

The problem is… Star Trek needs a true sci fi visionary at the helm.

Since Gene passed away, all we’ve had and all we are ever likely to see is people interested in only furthering their own reputation or in lining their own pockets.

Sad really. But unless the status quo changes, we can only ever expect Trek-lite.

July 18, 2014 10:36 am

@42. During publicity in Britain for STID, Pine was asked what his future held, and he said he had a couple more Trek movies to do (I’m paraphrasing this a bit). Some here took this to mean two more movies AFTER STID, and others two movies INCLUDING STID, which had not had it’s US release yet.

As the settlement of the lawsuit with his former agent only mentioned three movies, I suspect that the general consensus is that he has one more under contract. If the studio holds options to go beyond that, no one knows at this point….

July 18, 2014 10:42 am


Gene himself said there will be great people who will go on and make better star trek, star trek is alive, just look at how many new fans there are now and well it is doing critically and at the box office. I hope Star Trek continues to thrive and hopefully we see it back on TV the medium best serve to tell character driven stories without the need to save Earth or stuck in a 2hr movie formula window.

July 18, 2014 11:04 am

A reboot of Enterprise would be interesting. I think the series went a completely wrong way. It was way too much Voyager whereas it should have been a series about the first people going out into the unknown experiencing the wonders and the frightening terror of space. There were too much human-like civilizations out there whereas I think it should have been much more mysterious. Less civilized aliens, more dark and alien places full of mysteries. Long lost ruins of ancient civilizations, graveyards full of ancient shipwrecks and mysterious beasts dwelling there… Something out of a painting from Angus McKie…

July 18, 2014 11:39 am
I appreciate Quinto’s honesty about directing- people tend to forget that Star Trek was his very first movie. He’s doing a lot of interesting things with his production company now, including a new series called “The Chair” that is premiering on Starz this fall. I’d love to see him helm a movie sometime- including a Star Trek film. If anyone could be a direct inheritor of the Star Trek mantle, it would most likely be Quinto, simply because of his closeness to Nimoy. And I would trust that he’d do an excellent job, too, because he cares about the franchise,… Read more »
July 18, 2014 11:43 am
From the things Zachary Quinto has said in interviews, I get the sense that he’s finding Spock rather frustrating to play; he wants to play characters with more emotional range than a Vulcan. Paramount could get him back for a fourth movie if they offer him a lot of money (which he could use to fund something worthwhile at Before the Door), but Paramount probably won’t want to do that. Or they could offer him an emotive-Spock script, maybe something with pon farr in it. Or they could offer to let him direct it. In the absence of one of… Read more »
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