Star Trek 4 has yet to be formally confirmed or canceled, leaving fans wondering if they’ll ever see the USS Enterprise on the big screen again.
Perhaps they can be confident that, as grim as it may appear, work for a possible return is still in progress. JJ Abrams, who produced all three films in the reboot trilogy and helmed two of them, stated in March 2023 that the hunt for a director is ongoing.
“I will say that it’s the first time [since the original reboot] that we have a story that feels as compelling as the first one,” he told Esquire. Again, Chris Pine has also termed the franchise “cursed,” so it all depends on how optimistic you want to be.
All we know for now is that Star Trek 4 will not be released in December 2023, as previously stated.
The long-awaited film finally appeared to be on track in February 2022, when it was revealed that JJ Abrams would return to produce and Matt Shakman would direct, much to the delight of the actors and fans alike.
Unfortunately, Shakman quit the project in August 2022 to direct Marvel’s Fantastic Four. The film was later removed from the release schedule in September 2022, however, it appears that a director search is still ongoing.
But, in the meantime, here’s all you need to know about the USS Enterprise’s (possible) return in Star Trek 4.
Star Trek 4 release date rumor:
When can we expect Star Trek 4?
As you may have guessed from the foregoing, Star Trek 4 now lacks a guaranteed release date, having been postponed indefinitely from its original December 22, 2023 release date. There are no rumors about when it might return to the program.
Prior to Shakman’s departure from the project in June 2022, Paramount boss Brian Robbins confirmed the development of the fourth Star Trek was underway. “We’re deep into it with JJ Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line, and we’re excited about where we’re going creatively,” he explained.
However, protagonist Zachary Quinto told The Independent in November 2022, “At this point, I honestly have very little attachment to it.”
“We’d all like to return and make another film, but I’ve learned to only get excited about things I know are real.” And nothing about a fourth Star Trek film feels true right now.”
Star Trek 4 cast: Who’s going to be in Star Trek 4?
Even when Star Trek 4 was set to be released in December 2023, it wasn’t completely confirmed that the reboot cast would return. However, at his June 2022 announcement, Robbins stated that he understood the public “wants that cast in this movie” – a reference to the reboot cast. So, if it ever happens, we’d be astonished if it’s with a brand-new cast. Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), John Cho (Sulu), and Simon Pegg (Scotty) are all expected to return.
Urban seemed to be eager for a comeback, although he also admitted in March 2022 that, like Pine, he hadn’t yet read a script. “I would adore working with those men once more; they are the best time. We’ll see,” he confidently said.
According to Quinto’s statements, everything seems to be quite ambiguous, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have hope!
Originally, the fourth film was supposed to be a time-traveling adventure in which James T. Kirk, portrayed by Chris Pine, and his long-dead father, played by Chris Hemsworth, miraculously teamed up.
Hemsworth opened up in May 2019 about why he stepped away from the movie, saying: “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet. I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
I'm not ready to accept that Star Trek 4 won't happen. While some don't enjoy the Kelvin timeline movies- I do.
I think we should organize a letter writing campaign- to Paramount, to Chris Pine, to Chris Hemsworth, JJ Abrams, etc.
Who's with me? (Or am I being crazy?)
— 27 Year Old Trekkie (@TTrekkie) January 8, 2019
It’s unclear whether this new version of Star Trek 4 intends to get Hemsworth back or whether it’s gone in a whole other route, but Hemsworth seemed open to returning for the fourth film.
Rings of Power creators JD Payne and Patrick McKay shared more about their initial plan for the fourth film in October 2022. “The conceit was that they were the same age due to a cosmic quirk in the Star Trek universe,” McKay revealed.
We also don’t know whether the next film will recast Pavel Chekov in the aftermath of Anton Yelchin’s untimely death in 2016. “It’s bittersweet because we are coming together for the fourth time, and one of us is no longer with us,” Saldaa remarked in March 2022.
“But we honestly believe that going back and keeping the Star Trek family together is the best way to keep him alive in our minds and hearts.”
Star Trek 4 plot: What happens in Star Trek 4?
We don’t yet have any definite story elements for the fourth film, and it’s unclear how closely it will follow the events of Star Trek Beyond.
The third film concluded with Kirk refusing a promotion to vice admiral and remaining captain of the USS Enterprise. Spock elected to stay in Starfleet and rekindled his relationship with Uhura.
after the film concludes, they are all ready to continue their mission aboard a brand-new USS Enterprise, after the previous one was destroyed during the events of the film.
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It implies that the fourth film can go anywhere. However, Pine feels that whatever the premise is, it should not attempt to compete with Marvel.
“I’ve always thought that Star Trek should operate in a smaller zone.” It’s not a Marvel appeal, you know. “It’s like, let’s make the movie for the people who love this group of people, this story, and Star Trek,” he explained.
“Let’s make it for them, and if people want to come to the party, that’s fantastic.” But build it for a price, and design it in such a way that if it generates a half-billion dollars, that’s fantastic.”
Star Trek 4 trailer: Is there any new Star Trek 4 footage?
You’ve got to be kidding, right? We’d love to show you a Star Trek 4 trailer from the future, but we’re locked in the Mirror Universe.
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