Believe it or not, it’s been 2016 since a new Star Trek feature film has graced the big screen. Yes, it is true. The final film, Star Trek Beyond, reportedly didn’t make as much money as Paramount wanted, and thanks to some Salary demands of the franchise starsthere was no follow up.
According to Simon Pegg, who helped develop the story of “Beyond” and played the role of Chief of Engineering Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, there was a simple reason:
“I think it was badly marketed, to be honest,” Pegg said Geek Exchange in 2018. “If you look at a movie like ‘Suicide Squad,’ it was in circulation for so long before it finally came out, and people were so aware of it. Whereas with Star Trek Beyond it was too late before they started their marketing push. It still did good business, but compared to ‘Into Darkness’ it was disappointing.”
Pegg in Star Trek: Beyond
Pegg also said that the way Paramount marketed everything made the film look like a “dark action film.” And to top it off, Paramount didn’t mention that Beyond was released in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
“It was fiddled around like a thing; They didn’t know what to do with it, and that’s a real shame,” says Pegg said in the interview. “But I’m really, really happy and very proud that I got away with it.”
But now the gang is getting back together for a fourth Trek film set in the so-called Kelvin universe. The one who seems most excited is “Kelvin Kirk” Chris Pine.
“I met the director Matt [Shakman]which I really like,” Pine said Deadline in April. “I met a producer that I really like. I know JJ [Abrams] is partly involved. I met the new people over at Paramount, which has a lot of different types of relationships.”
He’s a doctor, not a screenwriter
Karl Urban, known to Trek fans for playing the role of Dr. Taking on Leonard McCoy has been very busy lately. His popular comic-based TV series The Boys will soon be streaming on Amazon Prime for its third season.
Thanks a last appearance on Radio X On May 21, 2022, to promote the new season of “The Boys,” Urban essentially said it was only a matter of time before he got a call.
“I’ve heard it’s happening — but I’ve been hearing that for three years,” Urban said. “Listen, all I know is that it’s being developed. You are writing a screenplay. And I know 100% that we all want to come back and do it. I think it’s just a matter of logistics and timing at this point.”
Zoe Saldana on Trek without Anton Yelchin
At a recent film premiere, Zoe Saldana narrated entertainment tonight that she and “the gang” were ready to return for a fourth “Star Trek” film; it wouldn’t be the same without Anton Yelchin. Saldana portrayed Nyota Uhura for all three Kelvin films, and Yelchin portrayed child prodigy Pavel Chekov. Fans may recall that Yelchin died in a car accident just before the premiere of Star Trek Beyond.
“We’re excited and of course bittersweet because this is our fourth time getting together and one of us is no longer with us,” Saldana said in the interview. “But we honestly feel like … going back and keeping the ‘Star Trek’ family together is a way of really sticking together [Yelchin] alive, in our minds and in our hearts.”
“He was such a fan and he was such a dedicated artist of the craft and also of ‘Star Trek,'” said Saldana. “So it would be great to get back to work and be with the gang.”
Godzilla vs. Star Trek
As mentioned by Pine, this new fourth part of the series will be directed by Director Matt Shakman. But on May 19, 2022, word broke that Shakman would be coming together with Apple to launch her new Godzilla series.
Writer Scott Campbell suggests that this could jeopardize plans for Star Trek 4 if Shakman is involved in another big project. Campbell might be right as Noah Hawley left the project a while back. Hawley was set to direct Star Trek 4 but instead is working on a new “Alien” TV series.
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