Two of Hollywood’s most popular Chrises may be walking away from the next Star Trek movie.
Word broke over two years ago that the next Star Trek feature would not only bring back Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, but would include Chris Hemsworth as his father in a time-traveling adventure. Hemsworth took on the role in a small part in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film, simply titled Star Trek.
Well, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media better pull up with those briefcases loaded with cash if they intend to get these two stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations between the actors and the companies “have fallen apart, with both sides walking away from the table.”
The issue is apparently money. Pine and Hemsworth, who have been enjoying a fruitful few years thanks to their DC and Marvel roles, are reportedly asking that Paramount and Skydance hold the existing deals that were made. Paramount, a studio that has started on a new path creatively, eyeing new franchises and aiming for more moderate-sized budgets after a period of failures, is trying to keep that expenditure within reason.
THR’s sources claim that Pine and Hemsworth are arguing that they made deals for this planned Star Trek film back in 2016 and that Paramount wants them to essentially take paycuts in order to keep the budget down. An issue for Paramount is that the previous film in the franchise, Star Trek Beyond, didn’t perform too well, earning $US343 million worldwide on a budget of $US190 million, a cost that doesn’t take into account high marketing and distribution costs.
Jessica Jones helmer S. J. Clarkson is attached to direct the film, with Abrams continuing on as producer through his Bad Robot company.
We’ll see where things go from here. Word is that the rest of the returning cast – including Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho – were expected to accept their deals, although things could change if neither Chris signs up. Perhaps Paramount will decide to fork out the cash, or they’ll just hit the drawing board again and remove the father-son storyline to only bring back one Chris? Stay tuned.