Star Trek and Paramount just don’t seem to able to get it on. It has been in and out, up and down, for years. First there was the Tarantino project. Then Fargo TV showrunner Noah Hawley took a run at it. There was a time travel version that would reunite Kirk with Chris Hemsworth as his father. There was an earlier aborted version with The Night Manager director Susanne Bier in the hot seat.
Throughout several of these iterations, the cast were completely in the dark and didn’t know anything about the projects. Nobody had thought to check their availability or engage with their reps.
Then there was a brand new version with WandaVision director Matt Shakman locked in. Then, abruptly, he exited the project once Marvel came calling and offered him Fantastic Four.
Now Paramount Pictures has completely removed the untitled fourth Star Trek film from its slate, just a few months after a big announcement that it was finally happening. This was to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Given the side-lining of his projects at Warner Bros. following the Discovery merger, does this mean he has lost his reputation, questioned by most of internet movie geekdom, as Hollywood’s golden boy?
Star Trek 4 was dated to hit cinemas on December 22nd 2023. That would mean script in place, locations scouted, studio space booked and crew being assembled. If none of that was done, was it ever going to happen?
The movie was to be the fourth adventure of the Kelvin-timeline crew with Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu, and Simon Pegg as Scotty. These are not jobbing actors now. They are in-demand talent. Locking them in should have been one of the first tasks. If this hasn’t happened, was it ever going to happen?
There was a developing theory put forth by our Outposter community in our Disqus that Star Trek 4 was never really going to happen. It was just teased continually to keep cast circling and appear to shareholders that something of value would be generated from one of their most valuable IPs.
Is this coming to pass. Does the approach Paramount are taking with Star Trek in movie form support the view of some of our Outposters?
While we are thinking about this, just why are two of the biggest sci-fi properties in the world (Star Wars and Star Trek) seemingly trapped forever on streaming? What does that say about the quality of higher echelon decision making in Hollywood?
What do you think, Outposters? Will it ever happen? Was it ever really a thing?