Today, the Hollywood trades are reporting that Star Trek actor Chris Pine is in talks to take on another franchise for Paramount Pictures, with one report holding out hope that he may still have a future in the final frontier.
Pine in talks for The Saint
Variety had an exclusive scoop (later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline) that Chris Pine was in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to take on the lead role of Simon Templar in a reboot of The Saint. The modern Robin Hood-like character originated in a series of books published in the early 20th century and was popularized on television in the 1960s series starring Roger Moore. A number of actors have played the character in TV movies and feature films, with the latest being Val Kilmer in the 1997 film The Saint.
This latest iteration of The Saint is being helmed by Dexter Fletcher (Rocketman) with a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie).
Paramount awaits Hawley’s Star Trek script
This will be the third Paramount franchise that Pine would step in to lead, after playing Captain James T. Kirk in three Star Trek features and being the fourth actor to take on the role of Jack Ryan, in the 2014 film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The Variety report also included this note of Pine’s history with Paramount:
Paramount and Pine have had strong ties for many years. Their relationship goes back to 2009 when the studio hired him to play Captain Kirk in the latest “Star Trek” franchise, launching his career as a leading man in the process. While the fourth “Star Trek” film is still being developed, the studio saw “The Saint” as the perfect role for Pine as they wait for that script to be finished.
Variety’s exclusive scoop seems to indicate that Chris Pine could be reprising his role in the next Star Trek, which is being developed by Noah Hawley. Pine’s involvement would be significant, as his and Chris Hemsworth’s salary negotiations in 2018 ended up scuttling the Star Trek 4 project that was to be helmed by S.J. Clarkson with a script by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.
Pine’s involvement would also be significant given that evidence so far has pointed to Hawley’s Star Trek being something different. In January, Hawley indicated he is not working on a sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, saying “To call it Star Trek IV is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.” Either Variety knows something about Pine’s involvement in Hawley’s Trek, or they haven’t kept up on the latest Trek news.
Last month, Pine’s co-star Simon Pegg (Scotty) talked to Collider about the Hawley Trek project, saying, “I don’t know anything about it. I’m pretty sure we’re not involved.” But in late March, actor Zachary Quinto (Spock) seemed to hold out some hope that there was a future for Kelvin timeline, telling Star Talk Radio:
I feel [creating the Kelvin timeline] reset the clock so to speak and it gave us a new point of departure and a springboard into a whole landscape of stories. Part of the joy of Star Trek is the infinite joy of storytelling. And so, I grateful to be part of that because we weren’t hindered by anything that happened before and it was a powerful new direction it allowed us to go in. We will see where it takes us from here.
Regardless, it looks like Chris Pine’s next Paramount franchise job will be playing Simon Templar. Pine will next be seen in Wonder Woman 1984, coming out in August. He has also completed filming on the action film Violence of Action and is set to play Walter Cronkite in Newsflash, which could go into production this year. As for Noah Hawley, he is still awaiting the end of the coronavirus lockdown so he can return to finish production on the next season of Fargo.
As of this summer, it will be four years since the release of the last Star Trek film. The longest time gap in the thirteen-film franchise was the 6 1/2 years between Star Trek: Nemesis and J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek in 2009. The way things have been going, don’t be surprised if the next Star Trek film matches or even breaks that record.
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