Star Trek 4 Loses Two Big Names As Negotiations Break Down - Report
Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth might be bowing out of the next movie.
The new Star Trek movie may not feature two big names from the previous entries. According to The Hollywood Reporter's sources, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth could not come to terms on a deal for the new sci-fi film, so they won't appear in it.
Pine played the iconic role of Captain Kirk in the three new Star Trek films, while Hemsworth played Kirk's father. The fourth film apparently would have featured more of Kirk's father through some kind of time travel mechanic.
According to THR's sources, the negotiations broke down over issues about money. Pine apparently had a deal for a fourth Star Trek movie after signing on for 2016's Star Trek Beyond, but Hemsworth's contract status has not been immediately clear. Sources told THR that Pine and Hemsworth believe Paramount was forcing them to take pay cuts for the fourth film. Why? The last film, Beyond, made only $343 million worldwide against a reported budget of $190 million; one source said Beyond lost money when all was said and done.
Additionally, while Pine and Hemsworth have always been in-demand, they are even bigger names now. Pine starred in the blockbuster juggernaut Wonder Woman, while Hemsworth plays Thor in the Marvel films.
The 2009 Star Trek reboot made $385 million worldwide, while 2013's Star Trek: Into Darkness pulled in $467 million globally. 2016's Beyond was the worst performer of the bunch, bringing in $343 million worldwide as mentioned above.
As THR explains, Kirk and his father could be recast for the next movie or Pine and Hemsworth could return to the bargaining table to hammer out new deals. The film "remains a priority" and has not been delayed amid the contract discussions, THR says.
While Pine and Hemsworth might be out of Star Trek 4, Paramount is expected to have the other main cast members like Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and John Cho to sign contract deals for the movie, according to THR.
The fourth Star Trek movie will be directed by Orange is the New Black and Jessica Jones veteran S.J. Clarkson. There has also been talk of Quentin Taratino directing a Star Trek movie, but it remains to be seen if that's ever going to happen.
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