Why Simon Pegg Doesn’t Think Star Trek 4 Will Happen

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek rebooted series are quite the polarizing bunch. On one hand, you have idiots like me who never really took to the Trek franchise. The series itself was too slow for us, and Abrams’ take brought in a much-needed dose of excitement to what was mostly a more meditative fare. It managed to last three full movies with a fourth one seemingly constantly in the works.

A fourth film has been in the works since before Star Trek Beyond hit theaters. Sadly, due to the financial failure of that film, as well as some issues with locking down the cast, it never happened. However, in more recent years, it’s seemed like a fourth movie set in this world is possible. Yes, we’re getting a film from Noah Hawley — one that will be something completely separate from the Kelvin timeline — but is a fourth movie actually possible?

“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money,” Pegg told Games Radar, promoting his latest movie Lost Transmissions. “They make maybe $500m at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200 million. You have to make three times that to make a profit.”

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He’s not wrong there. Generally speaking, you need to add in a hefty chunk of change for the marketing and also include the theater cut. Forces combined set a high bar for profitability. And it certainly doesn’t help that Star Trek Beyond didn’t do well at the box office. In spite of the critical praise it received, its advertising was lackluster at best, which Pegg things took the wind out of their proverbial sails.

“I don’t feel like the last one… They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary,” Pegg continued. “The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film. And we’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton [Yelchin] was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know.”

For a while, it did seem like a time-traveling tale featuring Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk was possible, but we may never know. Between the Noah Hawley movie, the Quentin Tarantino movie, and the whole host of Star Trek TV shows on CBS All Access, it’s fair to see the Trek plate is fairly full as it is without a sequel.

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Joseph Jammer Medina

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and contributor at LRM Online. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.

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