If you’re a fan of the Star Trek franchise, you may be wondering if there’s going to be a fourth installment featuring Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk. The short answer is: it’s uncertain.
The Star Trek reboot film series began in 2009 with J.J. Abrams directing and Chris Pine starring as Kirk. The first film was a success, leading to two sequels: Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016).
Despite the success of the films, there has been uncertainty about whether or not there will be a fourth installment. This is largely due to contract negotiations between Chris Pine and Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the films.
The Contract Dispute:
In 2018, it was reported that Pine and co-star Chris Hemsworth (who played Kirk’s father in the first film) had walked away from contract negotiations over salary disputes. They were asking for pay raises that would have put them on par with other actors in similar franchises like Marvel’s Avengers.
The studio reportedly countered with offers that were significantly lower than what Pine and Hemsworth were asking for, leading to their departure from negotiations altogether.
Since then, there hasn’t been much news about a potential fourth Star Trek film with Chris Pine. However, there have been some hints that it could still happen.
In an interview with Collider in 2020, producer J. Abrams mentioned that he was still “hopeful” that another film would be made with Pine as Kirk. He also said that they were “having ongoing discussions” about the project.
Additionally, actor Karl Urban (who plays Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the reboot series) expressed his desire to return for another film during an interview with HeyUGuys in 2021.
So, is there going to be a fourth Star Trek movie with Chris Pine? The answer is still uncertain. While there have been some hints that it could happen, there hasn’t been any official confirmation from Paramount Pictures.
As a fan of the franchise, it’s certainly disappointing to hear about the contract disputes that have led to this uncertainty. However, we can still hold out hope that negotiations will eventually be resolved and we’ll get to see Chris Pine don the captain’s chair once again.