It’s now been five months since Paramount dramatically announced they were moving forward with a fourth film set in the Kelvin Universe, which turned out to be a bit of a surprise to the cast. Over these last few months, the cast has continually spoken about how they are excited about getting back together, but some have expressed skepticism about being able to get it done in time for the December 2023 date scheduled by Paramount. The latest update arrived during Comic-Con from star Chris Pine.
Chris Pine was at Comic-Con to promote a different 2023 movie for Paramount Pictures, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. While he was in San Diego, Deadline had a chance to ask Pine about the Star Trek movie, and the actor repeated what he and others have been saying:
I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything about it other than the news.
When asked if he was interested in returning to play Captain Kirk, Pine also was positive:
Yeah, of course, I am. If it happens, I think all of us would come back.
You can see the exchange here:
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) July 21, 2022
This message about a lack of knowledge about what’s going on but being happy to return has been a consistent theme for the cast since the February announcement. A couple of weeks ago, Pine told ExtraTV:
Star Trek, I would love to come back. We’re all looking forward to it. I don’t know much about it other than there is a script out there. I don’t know much about it but I am very excited to come back for [Star Trek].
Earlier in the year, Pine did reveal that he has met with Matt Shakman, whom producer J.J. Abrams tapped to helm the Star Trek film. He also said that he has talked to executives at Paramount about setting reasonable expectations, extolling them not to shoot for Marvel-level billion-dollar box office.
The Thirteen Millon Dollar Man
While Pine says he doesn’t know what’s going on, he does know something—specifically, how much Paramount has agreed to pay him to return. A few days ago, Variety reported on the salaries a number of top stars are being paid for current film projects, and Pine is reported to be signed for $13 million for the Star Trek sequel. Four years ago, when Paramount was in worse financial shape, a different sequel project (with different scriptwriters and director) fizzled out after salary renegotiations broke down with Pine. That project also was set to have Chris Hemsworth return to play George Kirk (James T. Kirk’s father), but he also balked during negotiations — which may be for the best, as Variety reports Hemsworth is set to get $20 million for his next project (Extraction 2).
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