If – and despite the studio’s driving need for franchises and the evergreen nature of the title, it is still just ‘if’ – Paramount decides to make a Star Trek 4, it can count on Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock reporting for duty. Actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have renegotiated their contracts to allow for a fourth Trek adventure, in a move that also boosts their salary.
It’s all part of deal negotiations that have taken place as the third Star Trek movie – called, at least for now, Star Trek Beyond – finally cranks up the ol’ warp drive and moves into production, with Pine, Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and the rest scoring wage raises along the way.
Not much is known about the third Trek movie’s plot so far – rumours have included more action with the Klingons – and Pegg, who has co-written the current script with Doug Jung, has said he wanted to get back into the exploration and adventure at which Star Trek excels. We do know that Justin Lin is the man guiding the action this time and the movie has started filming in Vancouver. It’ll arrive here on July 8 next year.