At the Paramount Pictures CinemaCon presentation this afternoon in Las Vegas, CEO Jim Gianopulos discussed upcoming films for the studio, including Star Trek. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s account of the event “Gianopulos also teased the studio was developing more in the Star Trek universe with studio partner Skydance. He provided no new details, though Quentin Tarantino is known to be developing a Trek film with J.J. Abrams.”
Gianopolus’ mention of two Star Trek films in development was also reported by multiple members of the entertainment press on hand at the annual event, including Variety’s Dave McNary who tweeted “Jim Gianopulos, chairman-CEO of Paramount, is teaming with Skydance on two “Star Trek” movies and on the “Top Gun” reboot with Tom Cruise.” And according Fandango’s Erik Davis, Gianopulos “first he said ‘several new Star Trek movies’ and then clarified that it was two right now in the works.”
Two Star Trek movies
The notion that there were multiple Star Trek scripts in consideration has been recently discussed by Trek actors Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg, with Quinto suggesting that more than one could be put into production. Today’s statement from Paramount’s CEO appears to confirm these statements.
According to today’s reports, no more details on the two Trek films were discussed at CinemaCon. However, one of the two projects is almost certainly the one based on a 2017 pitch to producer J. J Abrams from Quentin Tarantino, which is being written by Mark L. Smith. The other could be the project announced in the summer of 2016 – to be written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay – which would involve Chris Hemsworth returning as George Kirk. There is no indication which film Paramount would have in mind to go first.
It’s important to note that at this point Paramount has not given an official green light to any Star Trek film, however the mention of Skydance’s involvement is a key important step. Skydance Productions partnered with Paramount on the last two Trek films – 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness and 2016’s Star Trek Beyond – and has been a key financing partner for Paramount for many of its tent pole releases over the last decade. It’s also worth noting that this morning Viacom announced better than expected financial results, including Paramount’s return to profitability.
The next big steps would be script approval and picking a director, or directors. Summer 2020 still seems a likely target for the next Star Trek film based on development times and Paramount’s current announced slate. And if Paramount wanted to start releasing Star Trek films closer together – like Disney is doing with Marvel and Star Wars films – the studio would likely have to give the second Star Trek film in development a green light before the next one hit theaters.
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