Zachary Quinto is the latest Kelvin Timeline actor to express hope that the shelved Star Trek 4 project may still happen someday.
It’s a well known fact that while everything has been moving at warp speed for Star Trek on television, the same can’t be said for the franchise in the cineplex.
Star Trek Beyond was a box office disappointment and Star Trek 4, which was supposed to feature Chris Hemsworth’s return as George Kirk, has been shelved indefinitely. Both Hemsworth and Chris Pine have walked away from the project due to a salary dispute and director S.J. Clarkson has left to work on the Game of Thrones prequel.
In addition, the Quinton Tarantino Star Trek project is still a long ways from becoming a reality despite Paramount Motion Picture Group President Wyck Godfrey enthusiastically discussing the project recently.
It was then that Wyck also talked about how Star Trek is an important franchise to Paramount and that they have no plans to stop boldly going where no one has gone before on the big screen. The problem is that no one seems entirely sure what form Star Trek will take once it returns to theaters.
Well, you can add actor Zachary Quinto to the growing list of people who want to see Trek return, specifically the Kelvin Timeline reboot films.
Last week Quinto, who plays Spock in the Kelvin films, took part in a panel at the Winter Television Critics Association to talk about his new AMC vampire project NOS4A2. During the event Quinto spoke to Slashfilm.com and the topic of the future of Star Trek 4 came up. Quinto then confirmed that no new Star Trek films are currently in the pipeline.
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"“I mean, it’s been a broad conversation that we’ve been having for a while in terms of what’s the future of the franchise. It’s in process so I don’t know exactly what to say other than there’s no plans for a movie happening at this moment.”"
However, when asked if he would return to the franchise if the problems could be worked out, Quinto gave an enthusiastic yes.
"“I would love to. I feel like it’s been an anchor of my creative life for the last over 10 years now so if I can go back to it, I’ll always be happy to. I love my Star Trek family so we’ll see how it goes.”"
Quinto is not the first Star Trek actor to express hope that some way can be found for a fourth Star Trek film can be made. John Cho has also talked about the fact he would love to see Star Trek 4 happen, especially in the wake of the loss of Anton Yelchin in 2016.
Unfortunately the reality is that unless Paramount can figure out how to bring the budget for any future Star Trek films under control the chances of them happening are nil. That being said, the odds are still very good we will see Star Trek at a theater near you sooner than you may think.