Last we heard from Chris Pine he was expressing his frustration over the Star Trek 4 project and not even having a script for a movie that was supposed to go into production last year. But the actor is still talking about Star Trek and his hopes to continue playing Captain Kirk well into the future.
Pine wants “many more” Star Treks
Chris Pine is out promoting his new Paramount Pictures release, Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and the subject of Star Trek came up a few times during a Wired “autocomplete interview” where celebrities answer the web’s most search questions about them. Here is what Pine had to say to the Internet question about how many Star Trek movies he has made…
How many Chris Pine Star Trek? I’ve made three Star Treks. I’ve been involved in Three Star Treks. Hoepfuly, many more.
This is a more optimistic tone than he expressed in his Esquire interview from earlier in the month. Last year the actor talked about the idea of returning to the role of Kirk throughout his upcoming career, saying:
It’s super cool. I love the idea. It’s very rare to get a chance to play one character over the entire essentially course of your career. If I had the chance to do that, I think it would be so cool. So, so cool. So hopefully we get to do it.
In the new Wired interview Pine also answer the question about when he became famous, again pointing to his role as Kirk:
[What made Chris Pine famous?] Star Trek, the first one. And the first week that it came out when there were paparazzi outside of my tiny apartment that I was living at on Silverlake Boulevard was a very eye-opening experience.
Pine’s career has been busy since 2009 including co-starring in two Wonder Woman films and playing a King. Pine has often worked with Paramount Pictures; in addition to his three Star Trek movies, he has also starred in a Jack Ryan movie in 2014, last year’s The Contractor, and on March 31st he can be seen starring in the new Dungeons and Dragons movie.
No surprise, Tarantino’s last movie isn’t Star Trek
Between late 2017 and early 2020, there was a lot of buzz about a Star Trek movie based on a pitch from Quentin Tarantino. Paramount execs, new Star Trek actors, and legacy stars all talked up the project along with their hopes to work with the Oscar-winning writer-director. Tarantino has famously said he will only make a total of 10 feature films and his last film (2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) was his ninth. It was generally assumed that getting him to agree to direct was a key ingredient to getting his Star Trek project going at Paramount, but in early 2020 he indicated he had moved on from the project. And to put a final nail in this project’s coffin, yesterday it was reported Tarantino has written a new script (titled The Movie Critic) which he plans to shoot this fall.
Last year Mark L. Smith, who Tarantino tapped to write up his pitch, described it as a “gangster movie,” involving time travel. He also said it included the character of James T. Kirk. Tarantino’s R-rated Trek movie is one of the more mysterious and tantalizing unrealized projects in the franchise’s history.
Watch Pine autocomplete Internet questions
Here is Pine along with his Dungeons and Dragons co-stars Hugh Grant and Michelle Rodriguez doing their Wired interview answering the Internet questions.
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