Chin up, Trekkies. The Enterprise is still in a holding pattern but there may be a skosh of light at the end of the warp drive to the 4th of the J.J. Abrams’ vision of the reboot.
Last month, THR reported that the Chris boys — Pine and Hemsworth — were “officially” out after both actors parted ways with the production houses, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. This came as a big blow because the two media companies want to release two pictures — one being the official Star Trek 4, and the other would be the much ballyhooed Tarantino rated-R Trek film.
So many rumors. So little understanding. From leaving money on the table to denials about leaving the money on the table to save face,
Mr. Sulu, STATUS:
August 10: Assisted by a natural fitted introduction in The Hollywood Reporter, “Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth are no longer boldly going where no person has gone before.” Essentially, Star Trek doesn’t have the limitless resources of Star Wars and Disney, and Thor and Steve Trevor want that superhero money to come back. Let’s see… what do those two production house have in common? Hmmm…
September 1: During the one of the big franchise’s gaggles, Trekonderoga, Karl Urban (Bones) offered his optimism about the buzz regarding the two Chrises blasting away in an escape pod and not filming the movie. Trek Movie offered this:
Hopefully, we get back for another movie, or two of them. We are just sort of waiting on negotiations. I’m confident we will.
And then Urban gave the panel more insight on where things stand today:
The status is they have a script and brought on a director, S.J. Clarkson. I have not had the pleasure [to meet her] yet, but others have. I just haven’t been in the vicinity. They plan to shoot in the U.K., which is where she’s based. J.J. is also over there shooting that other space franchise. At the moment. I believe the status of the project is really hinging on the availability and the contract negotiations of the two Chrises.
Soooo, early 2019? Many of us are holding our breath.
September 3: While talks have been going on with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Karl Urban, the cosmos has been relatively quiet about the fourth movie in the rebooted franchise. Then, Variety corners James T. Kirk on the red carpet and asked about Star Trek. Sure, he was cryptic but there was a skosh of promise.