Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine both left Star Trek 4 due to failed negotiations regarding their salaries. Mr. Pine was going to portray Captain James T. Kirk for the fourth time but backed out at the last minute due to persisting disagreement.
Hemsworth intended to return by time travel as Kirk’s father but also chose to exit. Currently, it isn’t clear whether the movie will continue production or not.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, both Pine and Hemsworth felt the studio wasn’t paying either of them appropriately.
Representatives who spoke with THR claimed Paramount refused to honor their pre-existing agreements, stating that “they have deals in place and that the studios are reneging on them, forcing them to take pay cuts” because of the poor performance of Star Trek Beyond – a great film that did badly at the box office in 2016.
The last Star Trek movie made $343 million worldwide, but it cost $190 million just to produce it, making it a lackluster movie in comparison to other franchise movies these days, which frequently make over a billion dollars.
The question Star Trek fans have to ask is: what will happen to the remaining members of the cast, including Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban? Will the movie proceed anyway?
It’s possible Pine and Hemsworth will end up renegotiating their contracts and receiving the amount of money they requested.
It’s unfortunate for fans of the series to know that the future of the Star Trek franchise is in peril, especially due to its beloved cast, as well as the fact that a female was to direct the latest installment.
Regardless, Star Trek won’t end anytime soon, as Star Trek: Discovery, is coming back for a second season, and there’s another TV show in the works where Patrick Stewart will play Captain Picard.