Star Trek Beyond will not be the conclusion of a trilogy! Or perhaps, managing expectations, Star Trek Beyond – the third installment of the NuTrek franchise following JJ Abrams’ 2009 reboot – will not be the planned conclusion of a trilogy.
This is reported by Movies.com, which writes “the rebooted franchise has no intention to close any sort of book on a three-installment arc with its upcoming third movie, Star Trek Beyond.” The article also includes a snippet of an interview with Beyond co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg:
How many installments of NuTrek could this portend? We know that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are already signed on for a fourth installment. Could this be another “trilogy in four parts” a la the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series – which NuTrek homaged with Scotty’s search for a space towel:
Now prognosticating the future of movie franchises is difficult these days. Every movie studio seems to want every picture to generate a connected cinematic universe of future movies the way Iron Man did for Marvel Studios in 2008. But not every movie is Iron Man and not every franchise is Star Wars (or even the Hunger Games). A lot of them turn out like Dracula Untold, which was intended to (I am not kidding) kick off a rebooted franchise of Universal Pictures monster movies from the 1930s and 40s.
For Star Trek Beyond to justify a sequel in the face of increasing costs, it will probably have to generate more than either of its predecessors (Star Trek 2009 earned $257 million and Into Darkness $228 million).
Furthermore, it remains to be seen how well NuTrek will synergize with the upcoming CBS Trek series. Cross-promotion and revitalized commercial success on the small screen could either propel NuTrek to warp speed or force them to eject the warp core. Or the phase inducer. (Or some other damn thing.)
Star Trek Beyond opens in theaters on July 22.