Zachary Quinto has been eagerly awaiting any news about the future of the Star Trek feature film franchise. He shares that eagerness with the Star Trek fanbase. Unfortunately, a recent interview with Quinto seems to confirm that the end might have already come for the Kelvinverse iteration of the USS Enterprise crew.
In an interview with TrekMovie.com, Zachary Quinto mentioned that he has not been made privy to any future plans for the Star Trek feature film franchise. He says that the actors all talk to each other and remain friends, but that none of them have been told that anything is moving forward with their version of the USS Enterprise crew. That hasn’t stopped him from being hopeful and ready for a fourth installment, but he does not sound too hopeful at this point.
“We talk about it all the time as the crew of the Enterprise. We are all incredibly good friends in real life. All of us welcome the opportunity to go back and keep telling those stories. It seems like a bit of a saturated market at this point, so I am not sure what the plans are for the feature film versions of the franchise, but we are all here if they want to beam us up.”
Zachary Quinto’s feelings certainly echo what we have heard regarding the future of Star Trek on the big screen. It sounds like Paramount is going to abandon the Kelvinverse era of Star Trek. It’s not a totally unexpected movie. The films have not performed in the gargantuan way that the studio has probably wanted. Star Trek Beyond was the best of the bunch, but it looks like it might have come too late.
The biggest bummer regarding this is one that directly ties to Zachary Quinto: the cast. Though the scripts for the Kelvinverse films were often lackluster or sometimes downright awful, the cast was always the best part of any movie. Quinto took time to figure out exactly how best to play Spock, but by the time Star Trek Beyond rolled around, he had found his groove with his interpretation of the character. The idea that he won’t get to play Spock again is definitely a disappointing one.
That does not just apply Zachary Quinto. The entire crew of the Kelvinverse’s USS Enterprise really made the iconic characters their own. It must also be tough for them to consider returning after the tragic death of Anton Yelchin, who played the role of Pavel Chekov. Perhaps it might be best if the series does come to an end so we don’t have to deal with an awkward way to write off Yelchin’s character.
If this really is the end of the Kelvinverse Star Trek movies, it will be sad to see Zachary Quinto and the rest of the cast leave without a proper sendoff. With Paramount looking to expand Star Trek through television properties, could there be an appearance for the Kelvinverse that would act as a heartfelt goodbye? Or will Star Trek Beyond be the very last time we get to see them?
We hope that Zachary Quinto gets a call from Paramount to reprise the role of Spock. If not, we will enjoy the time we had with the Kelvinverse crew. Their movies might not be the greatest in the Star Trek canon, but that is no fault of the actors. They all did a great job with the material they were given. We hope that is how their tenure in the Star Trek universe will be remembered.