In an interview promoting Armani fragrances, actor Chris Pine spoke briefly (and vaguely) about the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond. More info on that plus Zoe Saldana is gearing up to return to Pandora and there is news on a Paramount management shakeup. Check it all out below.
Pine on next Trek: we’ll see what happens + Saldana To Start Shooting Avatars Sequels This Summer
[EDITORS NOTE: It appears that although the article from Extra about Chris Pine was dated March 2nd, the video was actually shot late last year. TrekMovie has reached out to ExtraTV to get clarification.]
Chris Pine is out promoting his campaign for the fragrance Armani Code and between talking about that and other projects, ExtraTV asked the actor if “another Star Trek” is in his future. Pine replied:
I haven’t really heard anything about it. I haven’t gotten the script, so we will see what happens. But, I love – I love this group of people.
The last we heard from an actor related to the next Star Trek film was Chris Hemsworth (who was announced to be returning to the role George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk). During the Golden Globes Awards in January Hemsworth told MTV News that the movie was still happening, although he “wasn’t sure on the dates” but he felt JJ Abrams has an “amazing pitch” on the concept for his fourth Trek film production.
Another recent bit of news related to Star Trek is that director James Cameron is gearing up for production on the next Avatar film. Shooting should start in August. So even if there were movement this year on a new Star Trek film, it looks like Zoe Saldana (who is currently filming Avengers: Infinity War) will be unavailable for the rest of the year and maybe longer (especially if Cameron follows through on shooting Avatar 2, 3 and 4 back to back).
Paramount looking for new CEO with Grey out after bad 2016
Another factor with regards to the next Star Trek movie is that Paramount is in the midst of a management shakeup, with CEO Brad Grey stepping down last week. It was under Grey’s 12-year reign at Paramount that JJ Abrams was brought in to reboot the Trek franchise as a tentpole property. And of course it was under Grey’s leadership that a 4th JJ Abrams-produced Star Trek film was announced last July. However after the studio posted a major loss for 2016, he was shown the door. While Star Trek Beyond was the studio’s highest grossing film for the year, it still under-performed expectations. As noted by Deadline last week:
Grey wanted to move the studio forward, but the problem for Grey was that he picked a bad time to have his worst year, with the studio at the bottom of the heap in 2016, losing $455 million for the fiscal year that ended in September. Sequels didn’t work: Star Trek Beyond, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Zoolander 2, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back were way down from previous outings.
The search for a new CEO is currently underway and the studio recently announced a $1B new financing deal with two Chinese companies who will fund 1/4 of the studio’s films for the next three years. The CEO of Viacom – Paramount’s corporate parent – told investors this week the various parts of the corporation weren’t “connected” and Paramount Pictures was “run like an island. It didn’t benefit in any way from our network portfolio and its brands.” According to the New York Times Viacom’s new strategy is to create more synergy between Paramount and its various cable brands, however they report the studio will still “focus on franchise and tentpole projects.” But until a new CEO is in place, it’s likely no big decisions are being made at Paramount.
Stay tuned to TrekMovie for more updates on the next Star Trek feature film.