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Last summer, Star Trek Beyond released in theaters to a fair amount of success. It wasn't a series high but it had the most critical praise, which seemed to give J.J. Abrams and the studio enough confidence to get to work on a fourth Star Trek film. Outside of the fact that the film will deal with time travel, we haven't heard any updates on the film's process. Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new generation of Trek movies, can confirm that there haven't been any new announcements, but that he and the rest of the cast are ready and rarin' to go.
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.
Ah, the old "we need a script before we can actually film the movie." The untitled Star Trek 4 is currently in development, and working on a story for the next entry in the series. Zachary Quinto confirmed that the script is currently being written, which is why there have been no big announcements on Star Trek 4 in a while. Nailing down the plot is definitely a top priority, so no one can blame them for taking their time with it.
Zachary Quinto also told ET Online in an interview that he believes the main cast would be happy to return for a fourth installment. Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg have all played the iconic roles of the crew of the Enterprise since 2009's Star Trek, and it sounds like they all like being a part of these movies. If a fourth film is announced, it will likely be accompanied by cast confirmation too, which is always nice to get.
As for what the plot could be about, it was originally reported that the film will feature time travel (which is hard to write) and would introduce James Kirk to his father, who died right at the beginning of Star Trek. A pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth played the role, and has apparently had the idea of the movie pitched to him by J.J. Abrams.
There is no release date for Star Trek 4 but stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available. For every movie hitting theaters this summer, check out our 2017 movie release schedule.