Star Trek 4 has been pulled and fans should be worried.
It’s been officially confirmed that Star Trek 4 has been pulled from the upcoming Paramount schedule. While the film is still assumed to be happening, that’s all we can take away from the announcement at the time, that it’s still presumed to be happening.
We don’t know that it is, but in the near seven months, since it was announced, everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Chris Pine was seemingly the only one who was given a contract, and Karl Urban wasn’t able to start filming until late in 2022 due to commitments with The Boys, while also finding out that most of the cast hadn’t been contacted before the announcement (if any had at all).
Then the director drops out, and he in theory did so due to the lack of a script, despite having a production date just weeks away. It’s been a disaster from the jump. Coupled that with the success of the series side of Star Trek and the fourth film just fell away.
This may have been the last chance for Star Trek 4 to get made.
Pine has already said once before that he was done as James Kirk and after the disaster, this new regime at Paramount just allowed to happen, it’d be fair to wonder if Pine is reconsidering returning to the role.
Made worse than that, Urban and Simon Peg are likely to see some more work with The Boys pop up, while Zoe Saldana is expected to be a part of the Avatar franchise going forward, assuming there’s a third and fourth film as expected, and of course, John Cho’s independent film career taking off after the success of his films Don’t Make Me Go, Searching and Tigertail
This was conceivably the last, best chance to make Star Trek 4 with the remaining crew.
With every one of those names getting more and more work and bigger and bigger profiles, it seems like the best chances to make the film have come and gone.