The potential exits of not one but TWO Captain Kirks has thrown Star Trek 4's pre-production into a temporal flux. Both actors did reportedly have deals in place, but according to THR's sources, they are claiming that the studio is reneging on them and forcing them to take pay cuts in an effort to balance the budget.
Obviously, if the two sides are unable to resolve the conflicts, the future of the Star Trek film franchise would look massively different. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Chrises Hemsworth and Pine, who have been expected to return for Star Trek 4, are in a financial deadlock with Paramount that could end with them leaving the franchise. Now a couple of other Star Trek stars, new and old, are having a little fun with the matter.
The studio doesn't appear to be willing to scrap the movie over their potential departures, and the deals with Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho are "expected to close".
J.J. Abrams' 2009 franchise restarter Star Trek turned in $386 million, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness is the top earner so far, with $467 million. Or Pine and Hemsworth could re-enter talks with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. However, it appears Paramount is now going back on those apparent deals in order to try to reel in the budget, as the Star Trek franchise doesn't perform almost as well as either actors' retrospective DC or Marvel projects. His status for the fourth film is said to be "murky".
It's possible Pine and Hemsworth will end up renegotiating their contracts and receiving the amount of money they requested. The actor signed for Star Trek 4 even before he shot Star Trek Beyond in 2015. "The project could recast Kirk and his father". The project is set to be directed by S. J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Succession), the first woman to direct a Star Trek film in franchise history. Let us know what you think in the comments!
Let's not forget Quentin Tarantino has his own Star Trek movie planned and (in theory) approved by Paramount. A release date has not yet been announced.