The rebooted Star Trek movies have had a love-hate relationship with Trek fans and now a possible fourth movie according to one of its stars could be in question.
The first two rebooted Star Trek movies did solid enough in there box office returns to earn a third movie and after the first two drawing criticism from fans and critics, Star Trek Beyond was a step in the right direction.
Star Trek Beyond failed to do the numbers that Paramount had hoped for, but was able to have success with both the critics and fans a like. Now it seems that a fourth Star Trek movie with the newer cast may not happen as easily as one would assume.
Zachary Quinto who has done an excellent job as Spock was on NBC’s Today show promoting his latest project where he confirmed that a script for a fourth Star Trek movie is being written, but said there is “no guarantee” it will make it to theaters.
“I know they are working on a script for another one and we’ll see how that all plays out. But the nice thing about that experience is that the timing between those big tentpole films allows us to go out an cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves. Being back on stage, doing independent films, and things like that that I love that I’m able to do. So, I’m hopeful that we’ll do another one, but there’s no guarantees.”
The script he’s referring to is being written by Simon Pegg who also wrote Beyond and it would also seem that Paramount at least for now is sill moving forward with a fourth film.
Kirk himself, actor Chris Pine back in January expressed his desire to return to the captain’s chair when he spoke with MTV News.
“I am literally one of the last people to find out — costume designers find out before me; prop people find out before me. I can’t wait to make the film. I love everyone in the film, you know that. I love the world and will be back as many times as they ask me.”
The idea that Paramount might not due a fourth Star Trek film would disappoint me, but at the same time I find it highly unlikely that Paramount would not give the current movie franchise at least one more shot before making any decisions on powering down the warp core.
The first two movies in this current franchise were box office successes even if you weren’t a fan of what they did on screen. Star Trek Beyond may not of hit where Paramount wanted, but the tone and course correction back to a tone everyone hoped for from the first two movies, I feel was the bigger win for Paramount.
If you go back to the original movies with the original cast not every movie was a box office hit, but they still went ahead with the next movie.
Star Trek is too big of a franchise to suddenly sideline it just because one out of three movies didn’t bring in the money they had hoped for. With Star Wars back on the big screen and hotter then ever I can’t see Paramount not making a fourth movie.
With Zoe Saldana busy with her Guardians of the Galaxy and James Cameron reportedly about ready to begin filming on four Avatar sequels, Paramount may not get in huge hurry to rush the fourth movie to theaters just yet.