The Trek movies have been finding a hard time getting back to the big screen since Star Trek Beyond, but the good news is, Paramount is ready to jump back into the Kelvin Timeline.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a recent Paramount investors event had executive Brian Robbins and producer J.J. Abrams announced that they plan to bring the original cast back together, and that includes Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (McCoy), John Cho (Sulu), and Simon Pegg (Scotty). One crew member that won’t be able to come back is Chekov, played by Anton Yelchin, who died back in 2016.
There were already plans for a follow-up to Beyond when it came out, but after the film underperformed, it was said that Paramount wanted to take the franchise in a different direction. There was buzz of projects from Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley, but the projects ultimately led nowhere. Fingers crossed that the Paramount going in a direction that won’t just be commercially viable, but also more creatively enriching to the Trek franchise.
Let’s just hope the marketing team doesn’t fumble the branding like they did with Beyond:
I’m honestly happy they’re planning to bring the 2009 cast back. Pine and everyone else just made the roles their own and they introduced a new generation of fans to the where no one has gone before. Personally, I would love for them to continue the thread that Beyond was pushing, but I am open to seeing the franchise go into a completely different direction—as long as it keeps true to the main themes of Star Trek.
No release date has been set for the next Star Trek movie.