Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Star Trek 4 Loses Pine & Hemsworth Over Pay Dispute

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Adrian Cunningham | 12 August, 2018, 06:27

While Chris Pine was set to reprise his role as Captain Kirk, Chris Hemsworth would have played his father in a time-traveling adventure. "The actors, according to sources, insist they have deals in place and that the studios are reneging on them, forcing them to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that is following a mediocre performer".

Previously in 2016 before the release of Star Trek Beyond, Paramount Pictures announced plans for a fourth installment for the franchise. The future of Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth's involvement in the project is apparently in jeopardy. It's a fair point that Star Trek Beyond lost money, but the entire point of this upcoming film was to unite the Kirks for the first time.

Star Trek 4 is scheduled to be directed by S.J. Clarkson from a script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

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In fact, it was reported the business entities believe they are overpaying for the A-listers, and have argued that Star Trek has not performed like the Avengers or Star Wars franchises.

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Deals with the rest of the cast - Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho - are expected to close, but as of now, we shouldn't expect to see either Chris show up. Pine though has been the leading man of the Star Trek films since 2009's Star Trek. The actor signed for Star Trek 4 even before he shot Star Trek Beyond in 2015.

J.J. Abrams' 2009 franchise restarter Star Trek turned in $386 million, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness is the top earner so far, with $467 million.

Yes, re-casting one Kirk is possible. but re-casting BOTH actors, would seem hard for the audience to accept when the movie relies so much on them buying the father-son reunion dynamic.

According to Paramount and Skydance, the movie is a "priority development" and will not be "put on hold".