Listening to cast quotes is making us doubt Star Trek 4 will ever truly happen.
In a different timeline, the cast and crew of Star Trek 4 would be getting together to start the production of the newest film. We’d have a script, a fully signed crew, and a director. Yet, none of that is true and we’re only about seven-ish months removed from Paramount announcing a fourth film that would feature the surviving members of the cast returning to their roles.
That’s not happening, however, at least not yet and if recent interviews are telling us anything, it’s that the likelihood of this happening isn’t great.
Zachary Quinto, who plays the Kelvin timeline’s Spock, spoke to the Independent in the UK and revealed to them that he has very little attachment to the newest films’ production;
"At this point, I honestly have very little attachment to it. All of us would like to come back and make another movie, but I’ve learnt to only get excited about things I know are actually real. And there’s nothing about a fourth Star Trek movie that feels real right now."
When one of your stars is saying the film everyone is talking about isn’t real yet, despite it already being announced, that should tell you just how messy this whole situation is becoming.
When speaking to Forbes earlier this year, he echoed the same type of sentiment, that he’s not sure if this is really going to happen;
"I have no idea if—or when—it will ever come together at this point. I think it’s better for everybody’s mental well-being to just trust that a lot’s happening and when the phone rings, and J.J. says, ‘Hey, we’re actually really going to do this,’ then I’ll show up. But until then, I have a lot of other stuff going on and a lot of stuff to turn my attention to."
Even Zoe Saldana, who plays Uhura, Spock’s on-screen love interest, isn’t certain the next film will be made, telling Deadline;
"We were in touch with J.J. and we were trying to sort of see if we were going to be able to this past fall. I don’t think it was possible. I have my sort of ideas that maybe it was just like schedules were very… we couldn’t manage to get a whole cast and a whole crew to sort of come together. But I think as well it probably has something else to do with the project."
Star Trek 4 can still be made, but it won’t be any time soon
Star Trek 4 is not a film that can go without being made. It has to, or else the studio is going to look foolish and considering how unprofitable streaming services are across the board, Paramouont+ needs all the content they can get, including new movies. Granted, it’ll be in the theaters first but it’ll come to the service eventually.
The sad thing is, if it was going to happen sooner rather than later, we’d know about it by now. Karl Urban was basically unable to film this year due to his commitments to The Boys but was going to be free early into 2023. Yet, if the studio is still dragging its feet this late into the year, then Urban and others are likely to prioritize different projects.
It’s unlikely the film is in the can before the end of next year, if at all. So don’t hold your breath waiting for news, as it’s likely a long way away from the film becoming a reality.