J.J. Abrams successfully rebooted the long-standing sci-fi franchise in 2009 by heading back to the beginning to tell the story of how James Tiberius Kirk became captain of the Enterprise. While the first two movies were something of a big hitter for Paramount, Star Trek Beyond underperformed financially at the box office and cast an ongoing franchise into doubt.
Hoping to boldly go where no man has gone before, a fourth Star Trek movie has been teased since Beyond hit theaters in 2016, and while cast members like Karl Urban remain confident about Star Trek 4, it could be a case of too many cooks spoil the broth. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight Canada, Quinto explained what is going on with Paramount's Star Trek film series:
“First of all, I think there’s a couple of scripts. Because there was a script being written before Quentin Tarantino came up with his idea for a potential film. And so I think they are kind of developing more than one. So I don’t know what is going to happen. Quentin is off doing another movie. So, I feel like we are in a state of anticipation. All of us are really excited about the idea of working with Quentin on a Trek film, but I know Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, who wrote the last film, are writing a script and there are another set of writers writing a script. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Playing Spock in the first three movies, Quinto has always been expected to return for a fourth entry, but even he seems a little confused about who is plotting a course where. With hopes of Quentin Tarantino helming his own Starfleet spectacle, no one knows how the Pulp Fiction director plans on including the existing roster of actors or whether he wants to reboot yet again.
Despite Star Trek 4's delays, many assumed that Pegg and Jung would still provide the script. Quinto throws a spanner in the works with suggestions that Tarantino is working on a separate entity, then makes it even more complicated with a third mystery script. When the fourth movie was announced following Beyond, JD Payne and Patrick McKay were due to pen a story about Chris Pine's Kirk again meeting with his father (played by Chris Hemsworth), but no one knows where this script is or if it is even still in development. Hemsworth himself says he is unsure after the Tarantino announcement, while Quinto's words don't do anything to stem those fears.
Ultimately, Star Trek fans are no closer to finding out what is going on with the Kelvin Timeline, but at least Paramount seems committed to bringing more movies to our screens at some point in the future. One thing is for sure, there is no shortage of ideas (or scripts) for where the Enterprise could go next. While it would be a shame to cast aside the rebooted series simply in favor of having a gritty Tarantino version, perhaps that is what Star Trek needs right now? As the years go on and Abrams and co. still fail to make a move on Star Trek 4, it's not exactly like the series is hitting warp factor six any time soon.
Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada
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