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Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond

With three shared universes, comic book properties are truly dominating the world of film production. And adding Disney's plans to produce a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, and it's a great time for those of us with a penchant for nerd culture. But one major sci-fi franchise's future is still very much up in the air, as no plans for a fourth Star Trek film are currently being developed. Cast members like Zachary Quinto have been open about their willingness to return for another adventure on the Enterprise, and now another actor has expressed his hope that the franchise continues: Karl Urban.

Karl Urban recently spoke to Screen Rant at Comic-Con, promoting his role in the highly anticipated threequel Thor: Ragnarok. When asked about the future of the Star Trek franchise, Urban expressed how eager he is to reprise his role as McCoy, saying:

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.

Well, that's another member of the Enterprise crew who is ready to don his blue shirt and have another intergalactic romp. And I doubt he'd be the actor who is willing to reprise his role for a fourth film. Now the studio just needs to get on board to make it happen.

J.J. Abrams' Stark Trek franchise has had a few ups and downs since the first film was released back in 2009. While the original movie was critically acclaimed for bringing the iconic characters from the classic TV show to the silver screen, its sequel had a much more icy reception. Star Trek Into Darkness was the most financially successful of the trilogy, although many diehard fans found the film's pace frustrating, and the "reveal" of Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan anti climactic and obvious.

But Star Trek Beyond won back over many of the doubters. Pacing issues and tone were fixed, and the film also contained touching tributes to late Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin, who had tragically passed just before the press tour for the threequel began. Beyond made the same amount of money as the first film, which unfortunately was about 100 million less than Into Darkness. This drop in cash is likely the reason that another sequel hasn't been greenlit yet, as the studio is likely weighing the cost of producing another Star Trek movie. All those lens flares don't pay for themselves.

We here at CinemaBlend will be sure to update you on the future of the Stark Trek franchise, as soon as details become public. Those diehard Trekkies can get their fix when Star Trek: Discovery premiers September 24, 2017 on CBS All Access. In the meantime, you can check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.