Chris Pine helmed the bridge of the Enterprise as Captain James T. Kirk for three movies.
The back and forth between whether there will be a Star Trk 4 has been frustrating for Chris Pine as he told Esquire Magazine [via Trekmovie]. He still doesn’t know anything about where things stand, and he says that in Star Trek land, the actors are usually the last people to find out anything. Surprisingly, Pine knows costume designers that have read scripts before the actors.
He went on to say that doesn’t foster the greatest sense of partnership, but that’s the way it’s always been. It certainly sounds like there’s a scattered approach to filming these movies that aren’t sitting well with the actors. But that doesn’t stop Pine from loving the franchise, the character, and the people. But he knows he can’t try to change the Star Trek system and admits he doesn’t even have the energy to try.
Chris Pine isn’t sure Star Trek was every built to do mega-hit sales like Marvel.
Pine wonders why the franchise isn’t just trying to reach the really rabid fan group and making a movie for a good price that fans will watch.
"“I’m not sure Star Trek was ever built to do that kind of business.. I always thought, Why aren’t we just appealing to this really rabid fan group and making the movie for a good price and going on our merry way, instead of trying to compete with the Marvels of the world?”"
While Pine would love to play Kirk more, if Beyond was the last movie, he wouldn’t be surprised. The movie didn’t bring in the high numbers like everyone wanted.
"“After the last one came out and didn’t do the $1 billion that everybody wanted it to do, and then Anton”—Yelchin, who played Chekov—“passed away, I don’t know…”"
The frustration is evident in this interview, and Pine probably isn’t the only actor or crew member from the movie that has been on perpetual hold. Whether or not we’re going to get a Star Trek 4 is something Paramount needs to admit so the fans can move on. I would say most fans have already because of the hit and miss way this is being handled. But with the actors still interested, it’s not surprising Paramount is still making somewhat of an effort to get this movie made. It just isn’t enough.