Before all this talk of Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek film, there was already a killer idea for Star Trek 4 on the table. In fact, even before the release of Star Trek Beyond in 2016, Bad Robot and Skydance announced they were already at work on a fourth film in the “Kelvin” timeline, featuring Chris Pine’s Captain James T. Kirk crossing paths with his dearly deceased father, played by Chris Hemsworth in the opening scene of 2009’s Star Trek.
That’s right. Chris Hemsworth was a (short-lived) Starfleet Captain before he was the God of Thunder. I bet you didn’t remember that…
J.J. Abrams, who has produced all the newer Trek films and directed 2009’s Star Trek and the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, was apparently behind the idea, and though no script was ever written, Paramount and Hemsworth seemingly signed on, hence the official announcement in 2016.
But since then? Though it had great reviews after the disappointing Star Trek Into Darkness (which I love… but no one else seems to), Star Trek Beyond failed to gross what its two predecessors did, and we never heard of the version of Star Trek 4 featuring two Kirks, in the form of two Chrises, again. Now, with Tarantino apparently directing the next entry, one assumes the director will want to go his own way, though Abrams is still producing.
IGN recently caught up with Hemsworth to ask him if he has heard any updates on a Star Trek 4 involving him:
“I don’t know. It’s a reminder to call J.J. and ask the same question because I haven’t heard any updates on it either.”
That doesn’t sound promising. Though this lack of information may be frustrating, Hemsworth did share what excited him about the project back in 2016:
“Just the fact that he had a way of reinserting the character into the world. I can’t say too much — there’s not even a script — but I always thought, maybe, there was a possibility of him coming back in some way. I didn’t know how or what, but he was pretty enthusiastic about what they had planned.”
Would you rather see a battle and/or reunion of the two Kirks, likely across time, or whatever Tarantino is cooking up? Let us know in the comment section below!
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