Karl Urban casts doubt on the possibility of Star Trek 4 happening, given his lack of knowledge on the project's status. The film, should it happen, would serve as the fourth installment in the rebooted Star Trek movie series that began in 2009.
Sticking on a blue shirt to play the stoic Dr. Leonard McCoy in all three Star Trek reboot films, Urban has helped lead the cast alongside the likes of Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Simon Pegg. Seeing as a fourth installment was announced before Star Trek Beyond even hit theaters in 2016, it looked like audiences were preparing to beam up another movie - so what has changed?
"You know as much as I do, my friend. [laughs] Listen, we’d all love to make another Star Trek movie. That’s absolutely certain. But if we don’t get that opportunity then I’m really happy to have ended on such a good note. We had such a wonderful time shooting Star Trek Beyond. It was an amazing experience — and we’re all still grieving over the fact that it was the last time that we got to shoot with Anton [Yelchin]. We’re all like a family. It won’t be the same without him."
The site pushed for a timeframe on when we could next see Captain Kirk assemble his crew once more, but Urban reiterated that he knows nothing.
The rebooted Trekverse may have started on a high with J.J. Abrams' first entry, but there is no denying that it ended on something of a box office low with Justin Lin's Beyond. The film was by far the lowest-grossing installment since Abrams struck gold in 2009, bagging $343 million at the worldwide box office against a $185 million production budget. That being said, something really clicked with the Star Trek reboot's ensemble cast and it would be a shame to let it end so early.
With Trekkies seemingly shifting their focus into the medium of TV, could Gene Roddenberry's world be destined to remain on the small screen for the foreseeable future? Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery is currently receiving good reviews, and without the big pressures of box office numbers, the Trek-verse can afford to take it slightly easier. With Urban expressing ambitious plans to meet McCoy's family in Stark Trek 4, the framework was definitely there for another trip to the cosmos. However, if this really is the end, at least Urban is right: the Star Trek reboot films have gone out with an all-guns blazing affair.
Source: Screen Crush