Since Paramount announced plans to reunite the Kelvin Universe cast for another Star Trek movie to be released Christmas 2023, we have heard a lot from the cast about waiting for a script and a confirmed production schedule, and now the head of the studio is providing an update and explaining why a fourth film with the same crew is the right move for the franchise.
The planned Star Trek film will again be produced by J.J. Abrams, who was brought into Paramount’s Investor Day in February to make the big announcement along with new studio chief Brian Robbins. The studio is now riding high on the performance of Top Gun: Maverick, and Robbins talked to Variety about what’s next for Paramount, including a status update on the Trek project:
We’re deep into it with J.J. Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line and excited about where we’re going creatively.
Paramount has set a date of December 22, 2023 for the Star Trek film, and in February, Abrams announced the goal to start filming by the end of this year in order to make that date. According to previous reporting, Abrams and director Matt Shakman have solicited at least two scripts, with the latest reports of a script from Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) and Cameron Squires (WandaVision) based on an earlier draft by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel).
Audiences want more Kelvin
As noted previously, various members of the cast have talked about the challenge of getting all of their busy schedules aligned. After six years since the last Star Trek film with the studio putting a variety of different projects into development, Variety asked why Robbins decided to reunite Chris Pine and the Kelvin crew again. The CEO said:
I’m a research nerd, and what the data tells me is that the audience wants that cast in this movie.
According to a report from Variety earlier this year, Paramount did market research to gauge interest before deciding how to move forward, which included asking if they should bring back the Kelvin crew. Eventually, executives “determined that there was still lasting audience enthusiasm for Pine, Quinto and the rest of the cast in their established roles, which allowed the studio to feel comfortable with moving forward with bringing them back.”
In his new Variety interview, Robbins spoke in general about his focus moving forward with the studio, where he again mentioned the long-term prospects of the studio’s franchises, including Star Trek:
Going forward, I’m focused on our franchises. We are fortunate in that we have amazing franchises, which we need to lean into. We have adult franchises like “Mission: Impossible,” “A Quiet Place,” “Transformers” and “Star Trek.” And we have family franchises with “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “SpongeBob.” You’ve got to have multi-year plans for these franchises. You can’t just make a movie, see how it does and then decide to make another one, because if you do that, it will be years between sequels.
It has been six long years since the release of Star Trek Beyond in the summer of 2016, but maybe the wait for the next Star Trek film won’t be so long.
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