Two months ago, producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures announced plans to go into production later this year on a Star Trek film that reunited the Kelvin Universe cast. Since then, we have heard from various members of that cast who have expressed excitement about doing another film and have had some meetings about it, but they were taken by surprise by the announcement with nothing firm yet on their schedules. The latest to join this chorus is Zachary Quinto, who expects to return to the role of Mr. Spock, but he just isn’t sure when.
Zachary Quinto is back in LA, but instead of a Hollywood lot, he is at the Geffen Playhouse starring in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. The actor spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the play, of course THR had to ask about the next Star Trek film. According to the report, Quinto was also “blindsided” by Paramount’s announcement in February, but he was still “confident the film will happen.” However, Quinto indicated he has doubts Abrams can get production going in 2022, telling THR:
I don’t know that we will do it this year. I don’t know when it will happen. And I always maintain that I would love to do it… But until I get something concrete — ‘We’re shooting this day, here’s your script, get ready’ — I’m in a wait and see pattern. I’m not really attached to it in any way until I have much more definitive certainty that it’s actually happening.
In March, co-star Karl Urban expressed his concern over a scheduling conflict, and Quinto noted even with everyone interested in doing the film, getting their timing aligned is the biggest hurdle:
There’s so many different platforms for content. And where that content’s coming from and how it’s getting made, and how it fits into people’s schedules and other commitments and stuff is always the hurdle. But I hope that we’ll get to assemble the crew one more time. It’s a great ensemble and we love each other. And I think I can speak for everyone and say we’d love to find a way to come back and do another one.
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, there is a bit of a “Star Trek 4” crossover with Quinto’s new play as Matt Shakman who has been tapped to direct the movie is also the creative director of Geffen Playhouse. Last month Chris Pine revealed he has met with Shakman to discuss the film, and like Quinto, he has yet to see the script. If the project moves forward but the production doesn’t start by the end of this year, it will be hard for Abrams and Paramount to meet the December 22, 2023 release date.
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