From the outside, it may appear as if Paramount’s Star Trek franchise is in trouble. Star Trek Into Darkness wasn’t particularly well received by fans, and there are a lot of doubts about the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. With Star Wars returning in a big, record-breaking way, it kind of feels like Star Trek is the odd space opera out.
Well, apparently Paramount disagrees, as the studio is moving forward on the next Star Trek movie at warp 10. The studio recently registered the title Star Trek 4 with the MPAA, and has locked up stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto for another film. Simon Pegg has also stated that the upcoming Star Trek movie isn’t the end of any sort of trilogy, and that things will continue beyond Beyond…
“It’s another installment in the story of Star Trek, which has lasted 50-years. It’s not like this is the completion of a trilogy. Hopefully, as long as everybody survives, it will be a prelude to further exploration.”
Of course, none of this is confirmation that the next Star Trek has been greenlit. If Star Trek Beyond bombs spectacularly, plans could change, but as of now, it seems like Paramount is going to continue battling Disney’s Star Wars juggernaut to the best of their ability.
I’m a major Trekkie and obviously want to see the franchise continue, but honestly, I think maybe Paramount’s current take on Trek should end with Star Trek Beyond. Continuing to string out the series J.J. Abrams started when he’s defected to the Star Wars camp is kind of a bad look. But whatever – there’s going to be a new Star Trek TV series, so the movies are free to do whatever they want as far as I’m concerned.