With San Diego Comic Con 2022 now under our belts, we can finally relax and begin picking apart some of the rumors and news that we heard from the celebrities who were present repping their newest projects. One of the most talked about moments is coming from Chris Pine’s brief but telling statements surrounding the much discussed Star Trek 4. Just like us, the actor is also pining for more news surrounding the fourth film in the adventures of James T. Kirk and his team aboard the USS Enterprise.
Simply telling the interviewer that he didn’t know what was going on with the Paramount backed production, Chris Pine kept the conversation surrounding Star Trek 4 moving right along. It seems as though the actor knows just about as much as the fans and followers do – that is to say – absolutely nothing. With the initial news coming from the mouth of the beast almost half a year ago, mum’s been the word with any other updates surrounding the fourth installment in the Chris Pine helmed franchise.
But, on the bright side, Chris Pine followed up his lack of information with a zest for the possibility of Star Trek 4. In that same speedy interview, the All the Old Knives actor said that he would be more than excited to toss on the uniform and return as Captain Kirk in another film. He shared the sentiments of several other cast members and even said that he thought they would all be ready to sign on for the feature should the opportunity present itself. There’s only one glaring issue – no one seems to know what’s going on and the film was initially set to launch into theaters sometime in December 2023, something that seems to be further and further from a possibility as the days go on.
It’s been six years since the crew of the Enterprise teamed up for a film with the third installment of this specific franchise hitting screens in 2016 with Star Trek Beyond. In the Justin Lin helmed film, audiences saw the ship’s captain and his crew face off against former USS Franklin commander Captain Balthazar Edison who would eventually turn into the alien entity known as Krall. Loaded with talent, the film included the likes of Idris Elba, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, and the late Anton Yelchin. As Pine said, all of those long running members of the franchise (with the exception of Elba and Yelchin) would be returning for Star Trek 4 should it actually go into production.
Prior to Star Trek Beyond, audiences had been showing up for the revamped telling of the original crew’s cosmic travels since 2009 when Star Trek dropped in theaters around the globe. An automatic hit, the freshman film would be followed up in 2013 by Star Trek Into Darkness, featuring the same lineup behind the control systems aboard the Enterprise. One thing that has made these films such a success is the sense of enjoyment the actors have reprising their roles. Whereas other franchises may have actors dip in and out, or even lead films to not shoot further installments due to change ups, these actors are tied to their characters and excited to tell the next story in the line, something that Chris Pine is sure will continue on should Star Trek 4 go into production.