Star Trek 4 is being delayed due to “creative differences”.
It was almost a year and a half ago when the news broke that the cast of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and others would be returning to Star Trek for a fourth film in the Kelvin Timeline. That announcement, complete with every surviving core cast member returning to their roles, was made in 2022 before the spring had really taken hold.
The announcement claimed that the film would start production late in the year. Then the director dropped out, and that should’ve been our first clue that the project was doomed. Across the year we found out that despite announcing the cast for the film, none of the cast members had contracts for the film.
Not only did the studio not have a cast, they didn’t have a script; at least not a good one. In fact many, ourselves included, believe that Star Trek 4 director Matt Shakman quit due to creative issues that he had with the script.
And now, Quinto himself is saying that was a key reason for the massive delay, telling fans at the 57-Year Mission Convention in Las Vegas (via TrekMovie.com);
"I think there’s a lot of other stuff, creative things. It’s complicated. The fact that anything good gets made kind of miracle. I think it’s about different people having different agendas and ideas about what it will be. And I don’t know if and when it will happen… And if coalesces again and we come back and we’re able to do it, wonderful. If not, we had a great run."
Star Trek 4 seems less likely each month
This time last year, yeah, Star Trek 4 would’ve been welcomed, but now, with the fact that Star Trek is canceling shows left and right due to Paramount+’s failings, and the quality of the product dipping, it seems less and less likely that Star Trek 4 will get made.
And that may come as a relief for some, who think they shouldn’t do another film due to the passing of Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov. He passed away during the promotion of Star Trek: Beyond, and many think continuing the films without him would be too hard to do.
Maybe they’re right, maybe it’s time to say goodbye to this version of the Trek films.