Though Star Trek Beyond was a critical success, the movie sadly underperformed in the box office, and the status of the fourth movie was suddenly in limbo—that is, until news came out that Quentin Tarantino wanted to direct a Star Trek film. Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty and wrote the last film, talks about Tarantino’s involvement and where the story could go this time around.
Talking to GeekExchange, Pegg said this about the fourth Trek movie:
“There’s a script that’s been written… and there’s also the story of Quentin Tarantino coming and chatting with J.J. about an idea that he’s had for a long time. That idea is going into the writer’s room to be looked at. I think it might take something like him to restart it. It’s an interesting proposition, although I don’t know if that means everybody will be blowing each other’s heads off with phasers and calling Klingons mother f*****s, but, who knows, that could be fun.”
As for the performance of the last movie, Pegg boils it all down to poor marketing. Not only was the film marketed too late, but the use of the song Sabotage in the trailer to sell the movie instantly turned off several fans as the movie looked like it dropped character development for action. Pegg explains:
“I think it was poorly marketed, to be honest… If you look at a film like Suicide Squad, that was around for such a long time before it finally came out and people were so aware of it. Whereas with Star Trek Beyond, it was left too late before they started their marketing push. It still did great business, but it was disappointing compared to Into Darkness.”
I for one, thought that Beyond was probably the most faithful movie in the Kelvin timeline, and it’s a shame that it performed poorly in the box office. Hopefully this time around, Paramount will think twice about their target audience before putting out any marketing for the film. Fingers crossed that we could get the movie in 2019.
Star Trek 4 has not been officially announced.