Paramount Is Reportedly Already Planning ‘Star Trek 4’
The latest chapter of the current Star Trek saga doesn’t hit theaters until this summer, but it looks like Paramount is hedging their bets as the studio is already (reportedly) plotting the next installment in the franchise. Although fans don’t seem to be totally wowed by the trailers for Star Trek Beyond, it would appear that the studio is quite pleased with Justin Lin’s direction for the upcoming sequel — but with Lin attached to helm that new Space Jam movie (ugh, why), Paramount may need another director to take on Trek.
Paramount recently registered the Star Trek 4 title with the MPAA, as discovered by Trek Movie. And it’s highly doubtful that the studio is re-registering the 1986 film with the ratings board, unless they’re planning on releasing a new box set for the franchise’s anniversary this summer — but let’s be real here: who would want to put out an extended edition of The Voyage Home?
Using the logic our old pal Spock taught us so much about, it seems pretty clear that Paramount is getting ready for Star Trek 4. And while registering the title with the MPAA isn’t a guarantee that the film will actually happen, keep in mind that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have signed on for a fourth film. Still, the future of the franchise depends on the reception of Star Trek Beyond, which hits theaters on July 22.
Directed by Justin Lin from Simon Pegg and Doug Jung’s screenplay, Star Trek Beyond also features returning stars Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin, with Idris Elba as a new antagonist created specifically for the film.