‘Star Trek’ sequel revealed its own stars – The Hollywood Reporter

On February 2 On February 15, Paramount (née ViacomCBS) announced it was boldly going where it hadn’t gone before – a fourth iteration in a faltering 21st century feature strategy star trek Franchise. During Paramount Investor Day, producer JJ Abrams – who relaunched the sci-fi franchise for the big screen in 2009 – revealed that the USS Enterprise is being readied for a new flight. “We are happy to say that we are working hard on a new one star Trek a film that will be filmed by the end of the year and will feature our original cast,” Abrams said.

The proclamation came as a surprise, not just to observers who have watched the film studio hesitantly try to revive it Trek for years on the big screen, but also to the actors and their representatives.

tell sources The Hollywood Reporter that now if not all the teams of the franchise’s main players – which include Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldaña and John Cho – didn’t know that an announcement for another film was coming, let alone their customers would touted as part of the deal, and certainly not that their clients would be making a movie by the end of the year. Insiders say Pine, who plays Captain Kirk, is the first to jump into early negotiations as he is the linchpin of the project.

The hope is to start filming in the fall, around the Dec. 22nd, 2023, theatrical release. According to sources, the script is still in the works and there is no green light or budget. In fact, the budget now likely needs to accommodate oversized talent deals. Industry insiders say Paramount has given up its bargaining power to have a key pawn as it woos investors on Wall Street.

star trekwas, of course, a backbone of the company’s streaming strategy. Live Action Series discovery and Picardand cartoon series for adults Lower decks and Nickelodeons miracleall cruise at warp speed as the universe continues to expand even under the watchful eye of Alex Kurtzman, whose Rich Pact runs until 2026.

But the feature strategy had stalled. A first plan for a fourth star trek broke up in 2018. Talks with stars Pine and Chris Hemsworth – who would have played Captain Kirk’s father in retaliation for his small role in the 2009 franchise starter – broke up over money, with studio and financial partner Skydance sticking to a hard line on the budget. At the time, Jim Gianopulos was less than a year into his tenure as head of the studio, which was still dealing with several big box office hits and spending. the star trek franchise was one of diminishing returns, with the third film, Star Trek Beyondwhich grossed just $343 million worldwide on a budget of $190 million, the lowest box office of the three films.

The studio had three star trek Features in development including ideas from Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley that would follow different crews and timelines. As then-President of the Motion Picture Group, Emma Watts took over the Hawley’s studio account star trek nothing was done. Tarantino never materialized. What’s left of that era was the fourth appearance with the Abrams line-up that’s out there now WandaVision Directed by director Matt Shakman.

Compared to 2018 when Star Trek 4 last attempted, Paramount Pictures is in a very different place now. The studio has undergone a management reshuffle, with Brian Robbins at the helm. The film studio is also being asked to help deliver a streaming service that aims to grow its subscriber base to between 65 million and 75 million by 2024.

Industry sources point out that domestic streaming growth has slowed across the board and the focus is now on the international side, which is why companies like Netflix are so focused on global content. Trek is a franchise that has underlying assets – sci-fi storylines, diverse cast – to travel the globe.

And what seemed expensive in 2018 is now the norm in the world where Netflix or Apple are making more than $30 million in talent deals. To revive a flagging franchise during a company-wide reboot that focuses on investor-friendly streaming, that’s a price Paramount might be willing to pay.

A version of this story appeared in the 2nd 23rd issue of The Hollywood Reporter Magazine. Click here to login.

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