Before all the talk about J.J. Abrams working with Quentin Tarantino on an R-rated Star Trek film (a project which recently moved forward with the selection of screenwriter Mark L. Smith), the next Star Trek film was going to be one that involved the return of Chris Hemsworth (reprising his role as George Kirk, father of James T. Kirk, from the 2009 Star Trek film). That ‘Star Trek 4’ project was announced in the summer of 2016, with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay tapped as screenwriters.
Since then not much had been heard about the ‘Star Trek 4’ project with Hemsworth, except periodically Star Trek actors like Chris Pine or Karl Urban would say they would like to know what was going on. Last summer Zachary Quinto said he wasn’t sure if it was ever going to happen but did say a screenplay was in the works.
The last word from Hemsworth on the project was a year ago when he said the movie was still happening, although he “wasn’t sure on the dates” but he felt JJ Abrams had an “amazing pitch.” However in light of the recent news about the Tarantino project, Hemsworth isn’t so sure anymore. Talking to IGN, the actor said:
“I don’t know. It’s a reminder to call J.J. and ask the same question because I haven’t heard any updates on it either.”
The actor did offer some more detail on the original pitch from Abrams back in 2016:
“…he had a way of reinserting the character into the world. I can’t say too much — there’s not even a script — but I always thought, maybe, there was a possibility of him coming back in some way. I didn’t know how or what, but he was pretty enthusiastic about what they had planned.”
It isn’t clear at this point if the recent progress on Tarantino Star Trek film means that the ‘Star Trek 4’ with Hemsworth film project is dead or possibly delayed. It is entirely possible both films could be in development in the same way Disney currently has multiple Star Wars films in the works and Paramount has multiple Transformers films in the works. Of course a film being in development does not necessarily mean it will be released. It’s possible both or neither of these Star Trek films will ever go into production.
Keep up with all the news regarding the next Star Trek film here at TrekMovie.