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Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have been locked in for Star Trek 4

06.26.2015
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Despite a few bumps in the road along the way, STAR TREK BEYOND has finally started up production in Vancouver and according to THR one of the the final stumbling blocks was the need to renegotiate the contracts with the cast. Let's backtrack a bit; when the original cast of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, and John Cho signed on for the original film, they had options for two sequels written into their contracts. While STAR TREK was a big success, it did not perform at the blockbuster status that Paramount was expecting, so the cast received only nominal raises for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

As STAR TREK BEYOND moved forward, Paramount was again looking to merely give nominal raises based on the cast's original contracts, but according to California law, a personal services contract cannot bind someone for more than seven years. As the original contract was struck in 2007, it was argued to have become invalid by the time 2014 rolled around. Paramount disagreed but as neither side was willing to go to court, they reached a compromise. The actors have all scored better deals with Chris Pine coming out on top with a $6 million payday for STAR TREK BEYOND. As part of the deal, Paramount managed to secure contract options for both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto to return for STAR TREK 4, ensuring the no matter what happens with the rest of the cast, we'll at least be getting Kirk and Spock.

Obviously this doesn't mean that STAR TREK 4 will happen, that will depend entirely on how STAR TREK BEYOND performs, but it's nice to know that Paramount still see's a future in Star Trek. STAR TREK BEYOND is slated for a July 8, 2016 release.

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Source: THR

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7:52PM on 06/26/2015
It's there ball to drop, if they make even a mediocre movie it will spawn more, if they make a great movie Pine will be Kirk into his 60's.
It's there ball to drop, if they make even a mediocre movie it will spawn more, if they make a great movie Pine will be Kirk into his 60's.
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7:35PM on 06/26/2015
Summer release is a mistake...
Summer release is a mistake...
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3:04PM on 06/26/2015
Odd how these films have slipped under the mainstream radar in seven years. With all of the new Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc. stuff being constantly announced this franchise has come to seem like an also ran. I like the films, and the actors they cast, but if Chris Pine had even a single hit to his name in the years between his Star Trek installments there's no way he would take only $6 million for the lead in this. It's basically Paramount telling him that he is not a draw, which may be true.
Odd how these films have slipped under the mainstream radar in seven years. With all of the new Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc. stuff being constantly announced this franchise has come to seem like an also ran. I like the films, and the actors they cast, but if Chris Pine had even a single hit to his name in the years between his Star Trek installments there's no way he would take only $6 million for the lead in this. It's basically Paramount telling him that he is not a draw, which may be true. He's a talented and versatile actor, but maybe not a headlining movie star.
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3:01PM on 06/26/2015
I liked the first one because it had alot of potential. Second one wasn't really that good. I hope that the third can make the crew and story finally work.
I liked the first one because it had alot of potential. Second one wasn't really that good. I hope that the third can make the crew and story finally work.
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1:47PM on 06/26/2015
Securing them doesn't necessarily mean we'll be getting a Star Trek 4. The third one needs to prove the franchise can live beyond Abrams guided hand.
Securing them doesn't necessarily mean we'll be getting a Star Trek 4. The third one needs to prove the franchise can live beyond Abrams guided hand.
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12:32PM on 06/26/2015
With the talented cast they have, I would watch as many Star Trek films they wanted to make. Everyone is just spot on in their roles and what made the first two films as good as they were.
With the talented cast they have, I would watch as many Star Trek films they wanted to make. Everyone is just spot on in their roles and what made the first two films as good as they were.
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