Recently the seemingly dormant Star Trek 4 project has shown signs of life at Paramount, and a just-released interview with Pine conducted earlier this year indicates he is ready to work with the studio to play Kirk again.
Pine would “love” to do another Star Trek movie
The brand-new podcast Things are Going Great for Me (which launched yesterday) features an interview with Star Trek actor Chris Pine, recorded in April. Even though some of the details may be out of date, Pine did say some noteworthy things about his future with the Trek franchise, especially in light of him having walked away from the 2018 salary negotiations for the Star Trek 4 project just months before that film was supposed to go into production. That also means the interview was conducted four months before news broke that the Noah Hawley Star Trek project has been put on pause and that Star Trek 4 project may be back in play.
Podcast host J. Claude Deering got into the subject with Pine by discussing the much talked about Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project with Pine:
Deering: Are you working with Tarantino on the next Star Trek, what is the latest?
Pine: I haven’t heard anything. I mean, I get asked these questions all the time. I’m like the last person to find anything out. So, I’ve heard, what have I heard? Tarantino is going to do one. And then, who is it? Noah Hawley was going to do something else, and then that fell through. And then he’s going to do something with the Discovery, the new Alex Kurtzman-led cast. So, I really don’t know. I know that Paramount is coming out of having restructured a bit and kind of a major corporate restructuring. So hopefully when all that dust settles, something concrete will come out of it and we’ll get to work. I’d love to do it.
There is a lot to unpack from that brief exchange. It appears Pine knew the Noah Hawley film was falling off the front burner at Paramount months before that news hit the trades. Pine also seems to indicate there was some discussion of a film involving the cast from Star Trek: Discovery.
But the most important thing Pine said was that he’s still ready to get back to work playing Captain James T. Kirk for Paramount. Pine’s talk about corporate restructuring may be his way of hinting that the studio is in a better financial position now than when money talks broke down in 2018. The latest reporting about the new head of Paramount’s Motion Picture Group making Star Trek a priority and considering reviving the Star Trek 4 project with Pine and Chris Hemsworth could be the “when all that dust settles” moment Pine was looking forward to last April.
Even though Pine, who turned 40 this week, walked away from the negotiation table in 2018, he has maintained he wants to return to the role. And he continues to have a good relationship with Paramount. The studio tapped him in April to reboot The Saint, with reporting at the time saying Paramount was still interested in him returning to Star Trek as well.
How a bad movie experience almost kept Pine from becoming Kirk
During the podcast Chris Pine talked about how he got his start with Star Trek, including how he went in for multiple auditions and a bad experience on a different movie he did between the auditions almost kept him from sticking with Hollywood altogether:
Pine: I had been doing a play at the Geffen called Fat Pig and auditioned for [Star Trek] and was so busy doing a play I really didn’t think twice about it. I didn’t do well in the audition. I didn’t think anything about it. I went off and did a film that I absolutely had the worse time on [probably the low-budget horror film Carriers], came back and then my agent was, “The audition for Star Trek is back.” And I was really in a place of wanting to move to New York and just disappointed in the film world. And do theater or something.
They convinced me to go in for this audition… And one of the [scenes] was when I first meet Uhura and flirting with her. and that’s a lot of fun because it’s comedy. But the other one was really hard. It’s a bunch of gobbledygook on the bridge. You know, photons and phasers and all that kind of stuff. It’s difficult to do when you are sitting in a plastic chair in a conference room. But [producer/director] J.J. [Abrams] was so fucking incredible. He is so animated, and so alive and so enthusiastic. He is a lover of acting and a lover of cinema, and that clicked the whole vibe in the room and I felt like I could do anything. I really credit his openness in the room for opening me up and letting me do my thing and that was that.
Listen to the full Pine interview, including talking to Tarantino about his grandmother
The entire first episode of Things are Going Great for Me can be heard below. The Pine interview starts at 14:10. In addition to Star Trek, they cover a lot, including Wonder Woman and how Quentin Tarantino spoke to his mom at an Oscar party for 40 minutes all about Pine’s grandmother, actress Anne Gwynne.
Keep up with all the news on Star Trek 4 and upcoming Trek films at TrekMovie.com.