Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth Exit 'Star Trek 4' Over Contract Talks

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 11, 2018

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. The upcoming Star Trek sequel (one of a few Trek projects in development at Paramount Pictures) was set to feature the return of Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in a time-traveling adventure that would see Chris Pine's James T. Kirk teaming up with his deceased father. "Pine and Hemsworth, among Hollywood's A-list when starring in DC or Marvel movies, are said to be asking the studios to stick to existing deals". For now, though, the future of Kirk in Star Trek 4 remains unclear. Can they get away with recasting the character and his father, who was introduced in the prologue of 2009 franchise reboot?

Two years ago, Paramount Pictures revealed that Star Trek 4 would be a time travel adventure that somehow reunited Chris Pine's Captain James T. Kirk with George Kirk, as portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in the opening minutes of the first Star Trek reboot film. If terms were agreed upon with Pine and Hemsworth, it was expected that negotiations with Pine's fellow castmembers - Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho - would follow. "The actors, according to sources, insist they have deals in place and that the studios are reneging on them, forcing them to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that is following a mediocre performer". Hemsworth has been attached to the film since 2016, when the project was first announced.

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REPORT: Star Trek 4 Loses Pine & Hemsworth Over Pay Dispute

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. Paramount is like "hey these movies don't make as much as you think" and they're like "we're both named Chris" and the two opposing viewpoints were not able to meet in the middle. Sound off int he comments with your thoughts.

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