IGN is reporting that the planned fourth entry in the rebooted Star Trek sequels which started with the 2009 film Star Trek may be up in the air. Star Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the movie, has admitted that the next film in the series is not guaranteed. From an interview on the Today show, Zachary had this to say.
"I know that they are working on a script for another one and we'll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of creative experiences for ourselves. I'm hopeful that we'll do another one, but there's no guarantee."
Star Trek: Beyond, the latest film in the series, did not become the blockbuster Paramount had hoped for. While not a failure, making $343 million dollars on an $185 million dollar budget movie will make Hollywood executives think twice about continuing a series. While some may point out that the fourth film has already been announced, it is not uncommon for studios to announce films they ultimately don't go forward with. Take the aborted Fantastic Four 2.
I highly doubt Paramount won't go forward with a new Star Trek film. What I suspect is that the next film in the series will have the budget reined in to account for the fact that the series is not as popular in some markets overseas, which is a big deal in Hollywood these days. Barring a really bad effort along the lines of Star Trek: Nemesis, Star Trek fans have shown they will come out en force when a new movie hits theaters. With the cast of the new films branching out into other movies, which increases their price tag for each successive film, I suspect Paramount would find a way to phase out this cast while maybe setting the stage for a rebooted Next Generation film.
So what do you think? Is there still life in the Star Trek reboot series? Should Paramount look to branch out with other Star Trek stories to tell on screen? Should the movies take a rest for a few years so the new television show can find its audience? Sound off in the comments section below
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