Star Trek 4 may not be embarking on a bold new journey after all.
Representatives who spoke with THR claimed Paramount refused to honor their pre-existing agreements, stating that "they have deals in place and that the studios are reneging on them, forcing them to take pay cuts" because of the poor performance of Star Trek Beyond - a great film that did badly at the box office in 2016.
The as-yet untitled project was believed to have been gearing up for production, with "Jessica Jones" veteran S.J. Clarkson on board as the film franchise's first female director and Danai Gurira from "Black Panther" expected to have a key role.
Chris Pine is now filming and starring in Wonder Woman 1984 for DC, and Chris Hemsworth recently appeared in the blockbuster Marvel movies, Thor: Ragnarok and The Avengers: Infinity War, and will return for The Avengers 4.
With "budget cutting" this late in the game, one wonders how much faith Paramount really has in a fourth Star Trek adventure BUT, there may yet be hope for the immediate future of the series. And Chris Hemsworth has been confirmed to return as Kirk's dad George Samuel Kirk, Sr., since even before Star Trek Beyond came out in 2016.
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Star Trek Beyond grossed 343 million dollars at the budget of 185 million dollars. They could take the film franchise in an entirely new direction.
Contract negotiations are expected to go forward the rest of the returning Star Trek movie cast, which includes Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg.
THR reports that one insider says the companies actually lost money on the movie. That was higher than the $228 million domestic for Star Trek Into Darkness.
It's not yet clear what will happen to Star Trek 4 from this point on. Star Trek 4 will make history as the first-ever installment in the longstanding franchise to be directed by a woman. The Marvel, DC and Star Wars movies all regularly pull in north of $700 million if they don't reach $1 billion worldwide.
According to Paramount and Skydance, the movie is a "priority development" and will not be "put on hold".