Money Dispute Might Force Star Trek Chrises Out Of Franchise

Money Dispute Might Force Star Trek Chrises Out Of Franchise

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.

According to THR, the two actors were in the middle of negotiations to star in the upcoming flick but the deal has fallen apart. After all, the actor's role in the first film was short lived and he's never officially been confirmed for the project - despite being rumored to return since 2016 when Brad Grey was still in charge of Paramount Studios.

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. The project is set to be directed by S. J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Succession), the first woman to direct a Star Trek film in franchise history. But Paramount claims Star Trek is not in line with the Marvel movies or something like Star Wars, and they have an actual budget they need to worry about. Following right behind Pine is his onscreen dad Chris Hemsworth, who also couldn't come to an agreement on his salary for this impending continuation of the sci-fi franchise.

Paramount doesn't want to back down due to the high cost of the third film, which one insider says lost the studio money.

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Star Trek Beyond grossed 343 million dollars at the budget of 185 million dollars.

The Next Generation alum Brent Spiner, who played the android Data, heard the news he playfully responded that he too was walking away from Star Trek 4, tweeting "Me, too!"

Regardless if Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth decide to resume talks, Paramount is moving forward with Star Trek 4, and Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho are expected to be returning, with Chekov possibly getting recast following the unfortunate death of Anton Yelchin in 2016.

It's not yet clear what will happen to Star Trek 4 from this point on. But to find a new Kirk while every other main cast member returns, as appears could be the case, would be a little unusual.