Star Trek 4, set in the Kelvin timeline, seemingly died right after the release of Star Trek Beyond.
Beyond was profitable, but the plot for the fourth film involved casting two expensive Chrises. Pine would be back as Captain James Tiberius Kirk. And Hemsworth would return for his often forgotten role of our famous Kirk’s father, George.
Jim never knew his father, as George Kirk died the day James Kirk was born Star Trek 4 was supposed to reunite the pair through some plot device like time travel of the mirror dimension. But, Hemsworth and Pine wanted more than Paramount was willing to shell out. So, Star Trek 4 died. Or was put back to sleep like Khan.
Since then, Viacom, owner of CBS and Paramount, has gone full Star Trek. CBSAllAccess has three seasons on Discovery, Picard, Lower Decks, and the upcoming Strange New Worlds.
Now, Giant Freakin Robot has a source that reports that Star Trek 4 is back on track and searching for a director as hard as Kirk searched for Spock.
Not only that, but the story involving Hemsworth is rumored to be back on the table. What probably makes the most sense about the rumor is that Star Trek 4 is intended to be a Paramount+ release to get even more subscribers. This all seems fine to me, as the season finale of Discovery Season 2, looked just as good, if not better, than ANY Star Trek film.
Giant Freakin Robot‘s source also stated that William Shatner will somehow be involved.
The first part of the rumor sounds too good to be true and the Shatner news seems fishy. But, their source was correct about War Machine appearing in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. After their source reported it, Don Cheadle confirmed it.
There are even more rumors from the site about Star Trek. Paramount wants Star Trek 4 to be the darkest film yet (Star Trek Into Darker Darkness?). Finally, Paramount is working on multiple Trek films for Paramount+ to accompany the TV shows, should Giant Freakin Robot‘s source be accurate yet again.
Before I end this long article, I will say I have a pick for director of Star Trek 4! Why not Jonathan Frakes? Not only did he direct one of the best classic Trek films, First Contact, he has also done 6 episodes of modern Trek through Discovery.
I really, really, want this rumor to be true! How about you?