Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth Walk Away From 'Star Trek 4' Talks

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The third installment, Star Trek Beyond, made $343 million (£269m) globally on a budget of $190million (£149m), with the franchise's biggest earner, Star Trek Into Darkness, making $467 million (£366m) - far less than the usual take-in of over $700 million (£548m) which the Marvel films rake in. Then in 2016, Star Trek Beyond failed to really capitalize on the film being released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary. Yes, Kirk's future is unknown.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, both Pine and Hemsworth felt the studio wasn't paying either of them appropriately.

So since Star Trek Beyond underperformed at the box office (according to THR, it may have even lost the studio money), Paramount is trying to tighten the belt, and reps for the Chrises are saying sorry, but no. And it simply won't have the same resonance if two other actors step in for Pine and Hemsworth.

Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho are all reportedly expected to return, and I'm sure there's an awesome story to be told with Uhura, Spock, Dr. McCoy, Scotty, and Sulu.

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It's not yet clear what will happen to Star Trek 4 from this point on.

Be that as it may, the project's now suffered a major blow, as The Hollywood Reporter is telling us that both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth will no longer be going boldly where no man's gone before.

Tarantino is a long-time Trek fan - don't forget the opening screen for "Kill Bill" told of the old Klingon proverb that says revenge is a dish best served cold - and in an interview with Nerdist he said that he considers the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" one of the best "Star Trek" episodes ever written. Looking at all past numbers, Paramount believes that Star Trek has a definite ceiling, and they need to budget accordingly. And it's unclear how Paramount will proceed. Do you think they should recast Captain Kirk and his father? Or, attempt to bring the involved parties back to the table in hopes of a deal that would put them both into the intended roles. It's being called a priority by Paramount insiders. "I can't wait to work with her". Paramount proper now has no comment on this situation.

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