Star Trek loses Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth in negotiations talks

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But as Hemsworth and Pine's original deal to return was made BEFORE Star Trek Beyond's release, Paramount are seemingly re-crunching the numbers to account for a franchise that has suddenly become $100 million more worrisome than it was before.

Per the report, Hemsworth and Pine were both in negotiations to return to the franchise, but talks fell apart when both sides reportedly "walked away from the table". However, the studio isn't willing to do so, "forcing the actors to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that's following a mediocre performer". While Hemsworth was set to return as Kirk's father, George Kirk, who died in the first film but was set to be brought back as part of a time-traveling storyline. Considering both Chrises are in the Marvel and DC cinematic universes, they're asking Paramount to keep to their deal and meet their quotes. Star Trek 4 will make history as the first-ever installment in the longstanding franchise to be directed by a woman.

Other stars, meanwhile - such as Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho - are expected to finalise their deals.

The studios claim that Star Trek Beyond grossed only $343 million worldwide, after $190 million was spent on it. Hemsworth was previously attacked to Star Trek 4 as reported way back in 2016, but at the time, Paramount was under a different regime headed by Brad Grey.

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So since Star Trek Beyond underperformed at the box office (according to THR, it may have even lost the studio money), Paramount is trying to tighten the belt, and reps for the Chrises are saying sorry, but no.

With "budget cutting" this late in the game, one wonders how much faith Paramount really has in a fourth Star Trek adventure BUT, there may yet be hope for the immediate future of the series.

The Next Generation alum Brent Spiner, who played the android Data, heard the news he playfully responded that he too was walking away from Star Trek 4, tweeting "Me, too!"

According to Paramount and Skydance, the movie is a "priority development" and will not be "put on hold".

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