Star Trek 4 is not being canceled because contract negotiations with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have fallen through, despite an inaccurate report. Although the stars are in fact having salary disputes with the studio, the film is scheduled to move forward with or without them. Gossip Cop can help clear up the false rumors otherwise.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Pine and Hemsworth are no longer in talks to return for the next installment in the Star Trek franchise because Paramount insisted they take pay cuts. Pine was expected to return as Captain Kirk, while Hemsworth was to have played his father. Now, according to Star, the movie “could be canceled altogether” due to the salary conflict. “Everything is grinding to a halt while they sort it out,” adds a questionable source.
The tabloid, however, doesn’t actually have insight into what’s going on behind the scenes. Insiders at Paramount and Skydance, the studio and production company behind the film, told The Hollywood Reporter that regardless of Pine and Hemsworth’s involvement in Star Trek 4, the film “remains a priority development and is not being put on hold.” The reputable Hollywood trade added, “The project could recast Kirk and his father, or perhaps the two sides could come back to the table.”
Despite Star alleging that the movie is “grinding to a halt,” THR confirmed that deals with the other returning cast members, including Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, John Cho and Karl Urban, “are expected to close.” Forbes, another trusted publication, further noted, “Making a Star Trek 4 without Captain Kirk wouldn’t necessarily be a death knell.” The outlet added, “Having a big adventure where the Enterprise is caught without its Captain might make a worthwhile adventure.”
It should also be noted, Hemsworth isn’t integral to the series in a major capacity. The actor had a few minutes of screen time during the opening scene of the first film, in which his character was immediately killed off. The character was supposed to return for the fourth installment thanks to a plot line involving time travel.
As for Pine, although the actor is the main character of the rebooted series, it’s not entirely unusual for a franchise to continue without its main star. That’s especially true for a beloved franchise like Star Trek, which existed long before Pine’s involvement. After all, the 2009 Star Trek marked the third time that the film series was revamped with a new cast.
Additionally, Paramount has already hired a director for Star Trek 4. It was announced in April that S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to helm the sequel, making her the first woman to direct a film in the franchise. It remains to be seen if Pine and Hemsworth will renegotiate with the studio or if they’ll officially drop out, but Star Trek 4 is still in active development either way.
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