The potential exits of not one but TWO Captain Kirks has thrown Star Trek 4's pre-production into a temporal flux.
"It won't be ordinary, it'll have him all over it, but it won't be anything a Star Trek fan will have to worry about", Pegg promised.
Obviously, if the two sides are unable to resolve the conflicts, the future of the Star Trek film franchise would look massively different.
Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho are all reportedly expected to return, and I'm sure there's an incredible story to be told with Uhura, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, and Sulu. They could take the film franchise in an entirely new direction.
Whereas those series regularly cross the $500 million mark in terms of global box office, only 2013's Star Trek: Into Darkness came close, grossing $467 million. However, the studio isn't willing to do so, "forcing the actors to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that's following a mediocre performer". Well, when a fourth Trek film was announced in 2016, Pine, at least, had a tentative deal in place.
The Hollywood trade sites are reporting that talks with Paramount and Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have broken down, which has seen the pair leave the movie. After factoring all the other costs that come with making and marketing a blockbuster tentpole of summer, Paramount claims it lost quite a bit of money on that last endeavor. The actor signed for Star Trek 4 even before he shot Star Trek Beyond in 2015.
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The Next Generation alum Brent Spiner, who played the android Data, heard the news he playfully responded that he too was walking away from Star Trek 4, tweeting "Me, too!" The Marvel, DC and Star Wars movies all regularly pull in north of $700 million if they don't reach $1 billion worldwide.
As such, they're now trying to slash the budget of the next installment and that includes lowering the salaries for the cast.
The next Star Trek film could be much different than we initially anticipated. Why?
Star Trek 4 will be directed by S. J. Clarkson, the first female director to helm the adventures of the Enterprise in theaters.
Of course, this puts Paramount in an awkward situation.