Production on Star Trek Beyond has gotten underway this week, and a new report claims that the franchise’s two key cast members have just signed on the dotted line for a potential fourth movie.
The Hollywood Reporter claims that Paramount and Skydance Productions have locked in sequel options for both Chris Pine (Capt. Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Mr. Spock) during last minute negotiations that saw the whole cast of the starship Enterprise receive pay raises.
The web site notes that it was actually Pine (whose star power is on the rise) who hit the jackpot. The actor (who has signed on to star in DC’s Wonder Woman movie, and is rumored to play Steve Trevor) was originally paid $600,000 for Star Trek in 2009, and $1.5 million for the 2013 sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness. He was to receive a whopping $3 million for Star Trek Beyond, but the new deal sees that amount double. That's a very big raise.
They also claim that an option for the fourth film was apparently a condition of Pine and Quinto’s contractual raises. Pine, Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho initially signed on the first Star Trek film, with options for two sequels. No news if the other cast members also have options for a fourth movie in their new contracts.
After a very slow start (the original script penned by Roberto Orci was scrapped, and writing duties were taken up by Simon Pegg), filming on the movie is now finally underway. Directed by Justin Lin, Star Trek Beyond is set to be released on July 8, 2016 -- right on time for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.
Are you guys excited to learn Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are all set to star in a fourth Star Trek movie?