When Star Trek Beyond beamed into theaters last summer, it didn’t take long before J.J. Abrams began formulating plans for another instalment in Paramount’s rebooted sci-fi series.
The pitch, one that’s considered “amazing” even at this early stage, would herald the return of Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Ragnarok) as George Kirk, father to the swashbuckling Captain James T. Kirk, as played by Chris Pine (Wonder Woman). And so, Star Trek 4 was born.
Fast forward to now and Paramount has since confirmed plans to move forward with Abrams’ treatment, even making a deal with Hemsworth to carve out room on the Aussie’s busy, busy schedule – he has an Infinity War to partake in, after all. And if the stars align, he could be joined by his Ragnarok co-star Karl Urban. The Star Trek mainstay plays the role of Bones aboard Paramount’s franchise, and told Screen Rant at SDCC that he wouldn’t think twice about reprising that role in the future.
I’ll tell you if Paramount greenlights a fourth movie for us, I’ll be there. I love working with those guys and you know the fans love those characters. Yeah. It’d be a blast.
What about the script? It’s being worked on as we speak, after Zachary Quinto provided the following piece of intel a fortnight ago. In short: it appears as though all of the key players are just waiting on that phone call from Abrams.
If I had [an update] I would give it to you. I’m expecting [the news of a fourth movie] to be true, but it’s always this way. It’s like, ‘Yes, we’re going to do it!’ but then there’s always a process — writing a script being primary among them — and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. on the other end.
Star Trek 4 is still gestating in the formative stages of development, but with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and now Karl Urban game to return, we imagine it won’t be too much longer before Paramount makes an announcement. Until then, Trekkies can always look forward to the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery in September.
Source: Screen Rant