Zachary Quinto believes it's only a matter of time before more concrete updates on Star Trek 4 come to light. Paramount announced they were making a fourth installment in the franchise's rebooted Kelvin Timeline before 2016's Star Trek Beyond opened in theaters. However, with Beyond earning just $343.4 million worldwide against a production budget of $185 million, the series entered a state of limbo. For a while, talk of a Star Trek 4 cooled, giving way to Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek movie. However, it looks like a fourth go-around for the current Enterprise crew is still in the cards.
Earlier this year, after Simon Pegg stated the cast would do another film, it was reported S.J. Clarkson was in talks to become the franchise's first female director. That's a prospect that excites many, though it's been relatively quiet on the Star Trek 4 front since Clarkson became attached. That could be changing soon, if the latest comments by Quinto are anything to believe.
The actor appeared on Andy Cohen's show on Sirius XM, where he was naturally asked about the state of the Star Trek franchise. Quinto appeared optimistic that some headway on the new films is going to be made in just a few weeks:
“You know, I think we’re going to know more in the next few weeks actually. There is a fourth movie that’s being developed right now. They’ve brought a director who’s actually a wonderful woman who I’ve worked with before named S.J. Clarkson into the mix to develop and to helm that project. And so I think it’s now kind of in the business, logistical kind of phase.”
It'll be interesting to see when exactly any announcements will be made. San Diego Comic-Con 2018 takes place in the timeframe Quinto is referring to, though there's so far been no word on Paramount having a presence at the convention. That being said, it wouldn't be out of the question for there to be a Star Trek panel at SDCC, giving fans some insight into what's going on behind-the-scenes. If not during Comic-Con, another possibility is the Official Star Trek Convention, which takes place in Las Vegas at the beginning of August. There will of course be all kinds of presentations there, and revealing new movie details in a less competitive week could have its benefits for Paramount. They could, of course, opt to confirm information regarding Star Trek 4 at some other point in time.
Quinto also touched on Tarantino's Star Trek, which he said remains in the pipeline. Fascinatingly enough, he seemed to indicate the Kelvin Timeline cast would appear in that one, remarking the priority right now is Clarkson's film (while Tarantino works on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), and then they'll do "that one" (referring to Tarantino's) at some point "down the line." Previously, it was reported Tarantino's Star Trek was not set in the Kelvin Timeline, so this would mark quite a significant change in the concept. Hopefully, it won't be much longer until fans know what the future holds for their beloved property on the big screen.
Source: Sirius XM