Star Trek 4 may not be embarking on a bold new journey after all.
The sequel was supposed to be a wibbly, wobbly, timey, wimey adventure that featured James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) somehow joining forces with his long-dead father George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth), but some serious doubt has been cast on it happening.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from negotiations to star in the JJ Abrams-produced blockbuster over the studio allegedly trying to force them to take pay cuts.
Even worse, producers were reportedly waiting to lock down both Pine and Hemsworth before negotiating deals for supporting cast members like Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and Simon Pegg (Scotty), so the whole project sounds like a hot mess at the moment.
It's a baffling turn of events, considering that Abrams himself announced that Hemsworth would definitely be reprising his role from the 2009 Star Trek's prologue more than two years ago
The film had seemingly been gearing up for production, with Jessica Jones veteran S. J. Clarkson on board as the film franchise's first female director and Black Panther's Danai Gurira expected to have a key role.
While there's uncertainty with Star Trek 4, Paramount Pictures is reportedly simultaneously developing a second R-rated movie based on a concept from Quentin Tarantino.
Not much is known about Tarantino's Star Trek plot, other than Simon Pegg recently assuring fans that it definitely would not be "Pulp Fiction in space".
"It won't be ordinary, it'll have him all over it, but it won't be anything a Star Trek fan will have to worry about," Pegg promised.
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