Yesterday news broke that Paramount had finally set a date for another Star Trek feature film, with the franchise set to return to the big screen June 2023. Now one of the stars of the last three Star Trek films is weighing in on the possibility of a fourth.
Quinto happy to jump into another Star Trek movie… if asked
Yesterday Pop Culture posted an interview with Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the three Kelvin Universe Star Trek films. Even though the article was posted on the same day Paramount announced the release date for a new Star Trek movie, Pop Culture says they actually interviewed Quinto four days earlier as he was promoting his new Audible drama series Sorry Charlie Miller. However, the idea of returning to Star Trek came up and while Quinto expressed ignorance on the future, he also expressed optimism for the Kelvin cast’s interest:
“Honestly, I have no real idea what’s going on with Star Trek. [But] we all love each other and we all love that experience and I’m sure if it comes back around and we’re all available, I’m sure we’d be happy to jump back on board. No pun intended,”
It’s been almost five years since Quinto has been seen as Spock in Star Trek Beyond and so the 43-year-old actor was sanguine that his time with the character could be over:
“[T]hat’s in other people’s hands and I know I, for one, have had sort of moved on in terms of any kind of expectations, but you never know things come back in surprising ways and it’s surprising times, and it could be fun if it happens.”
Lots of possibilities for the next Trek movie(s)
TrekMovie was the first to confirm the film Paramount put on their release calendar for 2023 is being produced by J.J. Abrams, who produced the three Kelvin Universe movies released between 2009 and 2016. However, it isn’t known if the June 2023 movie is tied into the Kelvin Universe, or if it would include Spock or other characters from the three Kelvin films. Paramount described the film as “top secret,” so it’s possible they have not yet reached out to all cast members who have already signed on to options for a fourth movie (as Quinto has).
It also isn’t clear if the June 2023 Trek film is related to the script the studio ordered recently from Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez. The studio is already sitting on at least three other Star Trek scripts (the direct follow up to Star Trek Beyond featuring Chris Hemsworth returning as Kirk’s dad, the one based on the “bananas” Quentin Tarantino’s pitch, and a new concept from Noah Hawley). There could be (and knowing JJ Abrams are likely to be) other scripts or treatments as well. It is common now for studios (including Paramount) to have multiple films from the same franchise in development, including Star Trek.
Quinto open to a Spock TV show too
These days franchises are getting a lot more complicated, including characters moving between feature films and television, such as the Disney+ Marvel show WandaVision and upcoming Star Wars Kenobi limited series. Pop Culture asked Quinto what he thought of the idea of playing Spock on the small screen for Paramount+ and he was open to the idea, but would need to know the details:
“It’s so hard to say. I consider anything and everything that comes into my experience and I consider it on an individual basis based on criteria that are specific to that time and those circumstances. It’s hard to be theoretical about things,” Quinto told PopCulture, reiterating while he has not moved on from the character, he is not going to “feel attached” to any expectations just yet. “I love that character. I love that world. I think there’s a lot of possibilities of storytelling in there and I’d certainly be open to any conversation, but it depends on the who, what, where when and how and why — and like all those questions that can only be answered in specifics, not necessarily hypothetically. So we’ll see.”
Quinto has done a lot of TV work since Star Trek Beyond, including guest roles on shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Little America. He also starred for two seasons on the AMC series NOS4A2. In addition, he has done voice work for a number of animated series, including the new Amazon superhero show Invincible.
There are currently three live-action Paramount+ Trek shows in production, including Strange New Worlds which features Ethan Peck as Spock. There are also other Trek TV shows confirmed to be in development. The new era of Star Trek Universe shows produced by Alex Kurtzman have been sticking to the Prime Universe, however, we did see our first overt connection to the Kelvin universe in the latest season of Star Trek: Discovery. With Paramount Pictures and CBS again all under the ViacomCBS banner, bringing the films and television shows back together is a distinct possibility.
How Quinto’s Kelvin Universe Spock and Peck’s Prime Universe Spock would work together could be an issue, but are always possibilities. For now, with everything coming out of First Contact Day on the TV side and all the recent movie news, it’s a good time to be a Trek fan.
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