Star Trek 4 is being described as the end of the franchise

Could Star Trek 4 really be the end of the run for Chris Pine and the crew?
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Star Trek 4 is in the works, or so we're told. The long-gestated film has been in development hell for nearly a decade at this point. Originally announced in 2016, the film was supposed to bring back the surviving members of the cast for another go around, but eight years and an untold amount of failed scripts later, we're still waiting.

Then 2022 came and the entire cast was announced as returning for the film, except no film was announced and the actors and actresses that would feature in the film were left stunned. As just about none of them had a deal in their hands to suggest such a thing was happening.

Chris Pine would then take center stage in the drama, revealing that no script was done and making everyone feel like Paramount jumped the gun. Well, now years later, we may finally get Star Trek 4, but fans shouldn't expect much more out of it. As ScreenRant notes, the fourth film in the Kelvin Timeline is the "final chapter" of the film.

Right now, Steve Yockey of The Flight Attendant has been tapped to helm the script giving fans the potential hope that this film can in fact get out of this stage of production and move into the next. That way fans have a bit of hope that the film can actually be made. Every star has essentially come forward recently and said they want to see the film made, including Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Karl Urban.

There's no word if Sofia Boutella, who debuted in Star Trek: Beyond, the third and so far latest film in the series, would join the cast again, but she's expressed an interest in doing so. Sadly, Anton Yelchin, who played Pavel Chekov, has since passed away, dying in an accident at his home just weeks before Beyond debuted in cinemas.