Money Dispute Might Force Star Trek Chrises Out Of Franchise

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Star Trek 4 may look a lot different to its predecessors - and not just because of improvements in CGI.

Chris Pine has always been expected to reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk, a character originated by William Shatner.

It was announced that Chris Pine would return to the role of Captain Kirk, which he's played in the three previous films and Chris Hemsworth to return as his (possibly time-traveling father) George Kirk, a role he last played in the 2009 reboot, following the release of Star Trek Beyond in July of 2016. According to THR, both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from negotiations due to a lack of sufficient cheddar.

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The film had seemingly been gearing up for production, with Jessica Jones veteran S. J. Clarkson on board as the film franchise's first female director and Black Panther's Danai Gurira expected to have a key role.

Pine has had a deal in place for years, having signed up for a fourth movie when he made his deal for Star Trek Beyond. 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 bad news is that both Pine and Hemsworth may be out of the film.

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.

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Are you looking forward to Star Trek 4?

J.J. Abrams' 2009 franchise restarter Star Trek turned in $386 million, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness is the top earner so far, with $467 million. But to find a new Kirk while every other main cast member returns, as appears could be the case, would be a little unusual. Star Trek 4 will make history as the first-ever installment in the longstanding franchise to be directed by a woman. What this means for the future of the film remains to be seen, although sources insist the film remains a priority for the studios, and it is not being put on hold.

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