Trek fans wait as Paramount decides what to do with the movie franchise while their corporate partners continue to expand the franchise for streaming on CBS All Access (soon to be Paramount+). One person who is surprisingly in the dark about the future of Star Trek on the big screen is Chris Pine, star of the last three Trek films.
Pine: Star Trek “Deserves To Have A Future”
Speaking to ComicBook.com while promoting Wonder Woman 1984, Chris Pine responded to a question about Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie. Even though Tarantino (and his Trek screenwriter Mark L. Smith) have talked up his performance as Kirk, Pine revealed that he doesn’t know what’s going on with any Trek projects, although he remains hopeful:
You know, I haven’t [read the Tarantino/Smith script]. I really, in terms of the Star Trek of it all, I wish I knew anything. I’m quite literally one of the last people ever to find out. So, I haven’t read that script. I don’t know where it is in development. I haven’t read the Noah Hawley script. I have no idea what’s happening in Star Trek land. But I love the character. I love the universe. I love my friends in it. To have a Quentin take on it would be tremendously interesting and entertaining. Whatever happens, if I come back or not, it’s a great universe. It deserves to have a future, and I hope that is the case.
Even though the Hawley project was “close to production” earlier this year, the writer/director confirmed it involved a new cast, so isn’t surprising Pine wasn’t given a script. There are indications that Pine’s Kirk would be involved with the Tarantino project, but once Quentin stepped back as a possible director, that project went on the back burner.
Paramount taps Pine for yet another franchise
One script Pine didn’t mention was the direct sequel to Star Trek Beyond, which was supposed to go into production in 2019. A script had been completed and a director hired, but the film was shelved after Pine and Chris Hemsworth (set to return as James T. Kirk’s father) balked at being offered lower salaries. Over the summer Emma Watts, Paramount’s new head of motion pictures, reportedly put the fourth Kelvin movie back into consideration as she pondered how to bring the franchise back to the big screen.
While Paramount considers Trek’s future, they remain in the Chris Pine business. Yesterday it was reported that Chris is in talks to star in Dungeons & Dragons, one of the many tie-ins Paramount is developing with Hasbro. And Pine is also attached to Paramount’s reboot of The Saint. So clearly the studio is ready to meet the star’s price when it comes to these other franchises. The only question is, do they think it makes sense for him to captain the USS Enterprise one more time?
Chris Pine will next be seen in Wonder Woman 1984, which comes out on Christmas day in theaters and on HBO Max.
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