The future of Star Trek on the big screen remains in limbo, especially in regard to Star Trek 4, the follow-up to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. The film appears to have been shelved following a salary dispute with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, and director S.J. Clarkson has already moved on. But another actor from the Kelvin-verse is still holding out hope.
Quinto says nothing happening but holds out hope
On Friday, Spock actor Zachary Quinto appeared at the Winter Television Critics Association on a panel promoting his latest project, the AMC vampire TV show NOS4A2. While there, he spoke to Slashfilm about the future of the Trek franchise, offering up this assessment of the Star Trek 4 project:
I mean, it’s been a broad conversation that we’ve been having for a while in terms of what’s the future of the franchise. It’s in process so I don’t know exactly what to say other than there’s no plans for a movie happening at this moment.
Even though there is nothing happening now regarding the project, Quinto still holds out hope, adding:
I would love to. I feel like it’s been an anchor of my creative life for the last over ten years now so if I can go back to it, I’ll always be happy to. I love my Star Trek family so we’ll see how it goes.
Quinto is the latest actor from the franchise to express the hope that there will be a follow-up to Star Trek Beyond, following similar sentiments in recent months from co-stars John Cho and Karl Urban. The project was headed towards production this year with a completed script and the hiring of a director in early 2018, but over the summer it was reported that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who was set to return to play James T. Kirk’s father George Kirk) were balking at Paramount’s request take a lower salary than the one negotiated before the release of Star Trek Beyond, which had box office results below studio expectations.
More recently, Paramount Motion Picture Group President Wyck Godfrey talked up the potential Quinton Tarantino-helmed Star Trek film, the other Star Trek feature film in development. For now, the future of Star Trek on the big screen is still in flux.
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