Star Trek Beyond didn't live up to the box office success of the reboot series' previous installments, but it certainly did well enough to warrant another entry. Now, Zachary Quinto has spoken out about the status of the next film. While appearing on television to promote his new independent film Aardvark, he was asked about the status of future Trek. He wasn't able to provide a great deal of info but did confirm that the script writing process is underway. According to Quinto...
Considering how early in the process we apparently are for a new Star Trek movie, we actually seem to know a great deal about where the new movie is going. J.J. Abrams has spoken somewhat candidly about the fact that the next entry in the franchise will include the return of James Kirk's father George, played briefly by Chris Hemsworth in the original Abrams directed entry that rebooted the film franchise into an alternate timeline. While not specifically stated, we would assume that this will mean that the new Star Trek 4 will share at least one thing in common with the previous fourth entry, time travel.
Zachary Quinto doesn't go into any of that during his appearance on Today, as he's mostly focused on his new film and not a theoretical one that we only assume is on the way. He makes it clear that he appreciates the big franchise for both the downtime and one would suspect, the money, that allows him to go off and do other things than playing an ultra-logical Vulcan.
While we do know a bit about the story behind Star Trek 4, and we do apparently know that a script is being written, we don't really for certain who's writing it. Simon Pegg gave us a hint that he and writing partner Doug Jung will be following up their Star Trek Beyond script with the new entry as well, but nothing has been officially confirmed. We also have no idea who will be directing the new film. Justin Lin recently signed up to direct The Stand Off for Netflix which would seem to indicate that he will not be reprising his role as director. Since J.J. Abrams is unlikely to return, this leaves the director's chair wide open.
While Star Trek Beyond didn't set the box office on fire, it was well received by those that did see it. We're certainly hoping that the next entry takes many cues from the previous one. Star Trek 4 is also missing an official release date, so at this point, there's no telling when we may see the next entry.
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