Star Trek Beyond was released almost two years ago, and the status of the next film in Paramount Picture’s venerable Trek film franchise is still uncertain. However, Spock actor Zachary Quinto believes that may change soon. In fact, in a new interview, Quinto indicated that more than one Star Trek movie may be in the works.
Speaking to The Observer, Quinto stated:
“There’s a lot of energy around more [Star Trek] movies. Which ones are going to happen, which ones might happen first? I can’t really say, I don’t know honestly. I know there are lots of conversations being had about it. I know there are plans afoot to do at least one if not more movies.”
While Star Trek Beyond didn’t meet box office expectations it was still the best performing film for Paramount Pictures in 2016. However, a number of other box office disappointments led to financing problems and a management shakeup at the studio. These events have also resulted in fewer big budget tentpoles being greenlit in the last couple of years, with little movement on the Star Trek franchise, even though the studio announced there would be a follow-up to Beyond before the film was even released.
In the same interview with The Observer, Quinto indicated that the new Paramount management is still interested in getting things going with Trek:
I know Paramount, under their new administration, is eager to keep the franchise going. I feel like as soon as we go reconvene and then there’s a script that the studio believes in and a director, whether it’s Quentin or somebody else, that comes up… Hopefully, we’ll move it all forward. I’m pretty sure Quentin is doing his other project, which he wrote, so that might kind of contextualize things in terms of the chronology of how we might make more than one movie, if we make more than one movie.
Zachary Quinto’s mention about picking a script, and there possibly being more than one film in development, is a hot topic these days. Both Quinto and his co-star Simon Pegg have recently discussed there being multiple Star Trek scripts in consideration, including one based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino. Paramount has yet to greenlight a summer 2020 tentpole and there is still time for a Star Trek film to fill that slot.
Hopefully we will get more clarity on the future of the Star Trek film franchise soon.
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