Attention all Star Trek fans! Star Trek 4 just might be in for a major plot twist.
Most recently, Chris Hemsworth made a cameo appearance as Chris Pine's father, George Kirk, in the 2009 Star Trek reboot. He was slated to have a larger role in the upcoming fourth installment.
But the latest rumor is that both Chrises, imbued with their DC and Marvel glory, can no longer be afforded by the Star Trek franchise.
It's no wonder with Star Trek: Beyond grossing less than $350 million while Pine's Wonder Woman film, in which he plays Gal Gadot's love interest, Steve Trevor, grossed over $820 million and Hemsworth's latest Thor film eclipsed $850 million.
Apparently, Paramount and Skydance are withdrawing from agreements, and presumably salaries, that had been previously established.
Without Hemsworth, and especially Pine, the film's future is questionable.
Some think it's a good opportunity for a new angle.
@THR Stop doing old Trek for one thing. I like the new films but I’m more interested in post Nemesis stories than r… https://t.co/wTDuUK6FPZ— Legion (@Legion)1534070431.0
@SPACEdotcom How about this for a quick rewrite: An elderly Captain Kirk (obviously, played by William Shatner) dec… https://t.co/yBBaib9Med— Heidi Hecht (@Heidi Hecht)1534093399.0
@ComicBook I hope there is another Star Trek reboot and they change Kirk to "Jamie T. Kirk" and she's a black lesbian from Senegal or Cuba.— Speedy Rutten (@Speedy Rutten)1533991033.0
But mostly, people can't imagine the film without at least one Chris.
@THR Stupid move @ParamountPics where is Sherry Lansing when you need her?— MrWonderfulPop (@MrWonderfulPop)1534050451.0
@empiremagazine Paramount are being shits.— FremenDar (@FremenDar)1534100628.0
@SciFiNow The movie won't happen without at least Chris Pine.— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1534174874.0
@TheMarySue That’s too bad. Not worried about Hemsworth but Pine was excellent! Last story was more meh - but ST s… https://t.co/a40sDDWM6D— ƃǝɹפ (@ƃǝɹפ)1534001715.0
@RealScreenGeek @trekonomicsbot You can’t have ST without Kirk. Chris Pine is Captain Kirk. Pay him what he is wort… https://t.co/2tLGI64t2p— Joe Z. (@Joe Z.)1534111420.0
@theprovince P A Y T H E M O R I T W I L L B O M B A T T H E B O X O F F I C E— Cher Wilson (@Cher Wilson)1534106744.0
@ComicBook Nooooooooooooo😭— K.D. Cormican (@K.D. Cormican)1533989113.0
Either way, it looks like Paramount and Skydance will go "where no [Star Trek film] has gone before."