With production on Star Trek 3 (Star Trek Beyond) already underway, Paramount already has plans to crank Star Trek 4. Will it involve the crew heading back into time to save a whale? Let’s hope not. Regardless, it’s going to involve some familiar faces.
Your cast favorites: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho all signed a three movie deal with Paramount initially before the filming of Star Trek (2009). Now as Star Trek Beyond starts filming, it looks as though Paramount is ready to start securing everyone for another film and they’re starting with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. As with most negotiations, they are going to receive a significant pay raise.
Figures aren’t available for every cast member, but Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) is expected to receive around $6 million to appear in Star Trek 4. As opposed to his Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness paychecks of $600k and $1.5 million respectively. I’m interested to see what Zoe Saldana will receive after her boost in popularity from Guardians of the Galaxy.
The franchise reboot has had its shares of troubles: mainly the departure of JJ Abrams, who moved on to direct Star Wars (we’re not sure whether to be happy or sad about this news) and the exit of writer Roberto Orci, who is being replaced by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg. There were also complaints from the studio that Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were too “Trekkie” – obviously they’ve never watched an episode of TNG.
Despite these issues and the fact that Star Trek Beyond is still being developed, Paramount still felt it necessary to green-light a another film and lock down two of its biggest Stars. Simon Pegg said recently that Paramount is hoping to launch the franchise into the billion dollar ball park and make it a major box office draw:
“Avengers Assemble, which is a pretty nerdy, comic-book, supposedly niche thing, made $1.5 billion dollars. Star Trek: Into Darkness made half a billion, which is still brilliant. But it means that, according to the studio, there’s still $1 billion worth of box office that don’t go and see Star Trek. And they want to know why.
People don’t see it being a fun, brightly colored, Saturday night entertainment like the Avengers. [So they want to] make a western or a thriller or a heist movie, then populate that with Star Trek characters so it’s more inclusive to an audience that might be a little bit reticent.” (source)
As a pretty big fan of Star Trek I’m a little conflicted. I love the series and want to continue to see it grow, but I don’t want it to become some inflated summer spectacle and a shell of what it used to be. A lot of fans would agrue that the reboots have already accomplished that, but I’ve still really enjoyed them, even though they’ve went against cannon a bit. We’ll see what lays ahead I guess.