Just two days ago came news that it appears the Star Trek 4 movie project has been shelved for the time being, with the director exiting the project after no movement following stalled salary negotiations. But today, at least one star is still holding out hope.
Cho can’t see Star Trek movies ending
Sulu actor John Cho was being honored last night at the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards, where Entertainment Tonight caught up with him on the red carpet to ask him about his latest projects and Star Trek 4. Cho started off by saying “I certainly am down” to do the follow-up to Star Trek: Beyond. Cho also gave his frank assessment as to the status of the project, saying:
To be honest, it is not happening right now as far as I know, but I just think it will happen. Somebody at some point, we’ll all get on the same page and we will do it…That’s my belief. Maybe I am being optimistic.
When pressed about his optimism for the project, Cho got philosophical, saying:
To me, it is just a significant part of American popular culture. I just don’t see how it goes away forever.
Cho’s remarks from last night echo sentiments he discussed last month, as well as those of other actors who have expressed hope that the project will move forward.
Excited to be part of new Twilight Zone
One project Cho is definitely involved in is the CBS All Access revival of The Twilight Zone. The actor signed on for “Wunderkind,” one of the ten episodes in the first season. He spoke to ET about the show, saying:
I was a fan of the original show…I grew up on those shows and that particular vibe is missing from American culture right now. As much as we have, we don’t have that. So, I was really excited for that to come back and be part of it. And of course with Jordan [Peele] helming, I thought that the tone would be right on. And it really does hew to the original. It’s almost like a campfire story, those old Twilight Zones. It’s almost like somebody is telling you a story versus reading it. So, I was really excited to be part of it.
The new Twilight Zone went into production in October 2018 and will premiere later in 2019.