In February producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures announced plans to go into production later this year on a Star Trek film that would reunite the Kelvin Universe cast. Since then the cast has been united in saying they are expecting the film to happen and are excited to get back together, but casting doubts on the timing. The latest update comes from Karl Urban who very much wants to return to the role of Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy, but he just isn’t sure when it will happen.
Urban’s Trek update
Karl Urban is out promoting the upcoming third season of his raunchy superhero show The Boys, and in a new interview with the UK’s Radio X he gave an update when asked if the fourth Star Trek film is happening:
I have heard that it is happening, but I’ve been hearing that for the last three years… All I know is they are developing it, they’re writing a script, and I know one hundred percent that we all want to come back and do it. So I think it’s all just a matter of logistics and timing at this point.
For Urban the matter of logistics is salient; In March the actor revealed that he is booked through the latter half of 2022 to shoot the next season of The Boys in Toronto.
Urban’s comments echo those of co-star Zachary Quinto who also expressed optimism the film would get made, and he too questioned if it will go into production this year. When the Radio X host noted the challenge of aligning schedules of a cast that also includes Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and John Cho, Urban made it clear that for them it was important to make it work, saying:
Where there’s a will there’s a way and there’s definitely a will. So we would love to come back together and make one of those. I mean The Boys is a great hang, a great cast. But Star Trek is also. It’s just one of those you just want to do it for the experience of hanging out. You never laugh so much as when you are working with those guys.
Currently Paramount still has the Star Trek film on their release calendar for December 22, 2023, of course the date has slipped before. If production doesn’t start this year as planned, it is likely the date will move to summer 2024, or beyond. According to the latest reports, Abrams and director Matt Shakman tapped Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) and Cameron Squires (WandaVision) to write the latest version of the script based on an earlier draft by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel). While Chris Pine and others have said they haven’t seen a script, Pine says he has met with Shakman and Paramount execs to talk about the project.
Karl Urban in The Boys
Check out the new trailer featuring Karl Urban in The Boys, which also includes Star Trek: Lower Decks star Jack Quaid.
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