In what has become a familiar pattern in 2017, an actor expected to be in the next Star Trek feature film is saying he is still in the dark about what’s going on. This time it’s Karl Urban, who is out promoting Thor: Ragnarok. After being pressed by ScreenCrush multiple times, Urban says he knows “nothing” in regards to a follow-up to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. Speaking on behalf of his castmates, the actor, who has won over fans with his portrayal of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, told ScreenCrush:
…we’d all love to make another Star Trek movie. That’s absolutely certain. But if we don’t get that opportunity then I’m really happy to have ended on such a good note. We had such a wonderful time shooting Star Trek Beyond.
Urban’s comments about a lack of progress on the next Trek feature – and resignation that it might not happen – are essentially the same he made at conventions last month and the month before. He also echoes similar comments from co-stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine. The consistent message is that they aren’t sure if there will be another movie, but they are ready, willing and able to do it if they get the call. And as these actors are in demand, Bad Robot and Paramount would have to give them a good amount of advance warning so they can book out the required time.
Paramount’s summer of 2019 has filled out
All three of the J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek films have been summer tentpoles for Paramount, coming in 2009, 2013, and 2016. It is obviously too late to get things going for summer 2018, and Paramount already has the next Mission: Impossible film lined up for July (also produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production company). There also was a Transformers spin-off film (Bumblebee) planned for summer 2018, but that has moved to November 2018.
As for the summer of 2019, it seems Paramount has that covered already. There is yet another Transformers movie set for June, a Top Gun sequel set for July, and two weeks ago Paramount and Skydance announced another Terminator film (with the return of producer James Cameron along with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton), to be released later in July 2019.
Since the summer 2016 announcement of a fourth J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek film, there has been very little movement beyond various executives of Paramount and Viacom throwing the name Star Trek around as one of their key tentpole franchises. As the studio and its partners continue to move forward on some other franchises, it appears they still aren’t sure what to do next with Star Trek.
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