In a recent interview, Simon Pegg admitted that he is unsure that a fourth Star Trek sequel will happen because they aren’t as profitable as Marvel movies.
After Star Trek Beyond, the future of the franchise on the big screen appears to be up in the air. There were plans for a fourth film that would’ve reunited Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth together as father and son, but talks fell apart. Quentin Tarantino was also developing a Star Trek film himself, but it seems like that project isn’t moving forward either. Now, Legion and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley has been taped to develop a Star Trek film. While initial reports suggested that Chris Pine would return, it sounds like Noah Hawley could also take the franchise in a new direction.
Simon Pegg played Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the most recent Star Trek films and even co-wrote Beyond. While talking with Games Radar, Simon Pegg didn’t seem confident that he will return to the franchise due to the films’ lackluster box office receipts:
“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money. They make maybe $500 million at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200 million. You have to make three times that to make a profit. I don’t feel like the last one… They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary. The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film. And we’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton [Yelchin] was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know.”
On a $181 million budget, Star Trek Beyond only made $343 million worldwide. The first film from J.J. Abrams made $385 million while Into Darkness earned $467 million. Marvel films are known for making a billion dollars worldwide with similar budgets, so Simon Pegg being uncertain about a return to the franchise is certainly justified.
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Meanwhile, there are plenty of new projects on the television side at the moment, here is the official synopsis for Star Trek: Picard:
Star Trek: Picard features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The new series will follow this iconic character into the next chapter of his life.
Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Patrick Stewart, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth are on board as executive producers. Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) serves as a co-executive producer with Kirsten Beyer as a supervising producer.
Star Trek: Picard debuts news episodes on Friday exclusively on CBS All Access.
Source: Games Radar