Chris Pine has always been expected to reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk, a character originated by William Shatner. The plot would reportedly feature an adult James T. Kirk meeting his deceased Starfleet father, George Kirk, who was portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the 2009 Star Trek film.
According to THR, the issue is financial, with Pine and Hemsworth saying they already have contracts in place that they want Paramount to honor, while the studio would prefer them to take less money because the Star Trek movies themselves haven't exactly been setting the box office on fire, especially in the case of Star Trek Beyond, the most recent outing.
Previously in 2016 before the release of Star Trek Beyond, Paramount Pictures announced plans for a fourth installment for the franchise.
Star Trek 4 does not now have a release date.
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The report claims the root cause of the problem is money: Hemsworth and Pine have allegedly both refused to accept a pay cut as studio bosses slash the budgets. The bad news is that both Pine and Hemsworth may be out of the film.
Deals with Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and others were set to follow. The Marvel, DC and Star Wars movies all regularly pull in north of $700 million if they don't reach $1 billion worldwide.
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Hemsworth, 37, was reportedly being brought onto the project to play Kirk's father in in a time travel scenario.
Star Trek 4 will be directed by S. J. Clarkson, the first female director to helm the adventures of the Enterprise in theaters.
Although the two sides seem to be at an impasse, insiders tell THR that the sequel remains a "priority development" and is not being put on hold.