We all heard the rumors, but now it is official. Star Trek will carry on into a fourth film, which probably isn’t too surprising to anyone. The rebooted franchise has been a moneymaker for the studio and the movies haven’t that be too terrible. If early buzz on the Star Trek Beyond is any clue this one is going to be good too so why not hop right into a fourth? They’ve still got four movies to get even with the original cast.
What might be a bit more surprising is that Chris Hemsworth will be reprising his role as Captain Kirk’s father. If you don’t remember him that’s because he was only present in the prologue to Star Trek at which point he died. Death and time have never been that problematic for Star Trek (*ahem* Generations *ahem*) so it’s not much of a head scratcher to twist around how father and son will meet again. The younger Kirk’s daddy issue have been running through all three films anyway.
Paramount also says that Simon Pegg and Doug Jung won’t be tackling the screenplay this time around, but J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay instead. You may remember them from when Roberto Orci was heading up Star Trek Beyond since they wrote the first screenplay before Pegg and Doug came in and did a drastic rewrite. J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber are still around as Bad Robot is producing. Chris Pine is confirmed to return as well, and we assume the rest of the cast will come along except, sadly, for Anton Yelchin.
The tagline released goes like this:
In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.
Now I don’t want to start rumors, but the last time the original crew traveled in time whales were involved and it was awesome. It’s unlikely that the movie will be about the crew travelling back to save humanity via whale while meeting Kirk’s father, but we can dream.