This year will be the 50th Anniversary of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, and will see the release of ‘Star Trek Beyond‘ this summer (which some fans are mighty worried about due to the first trailer that came out for the film, which looks like a whole lot of flash and not much substance), and the beginning of production on a new ‘Star Trek’ TV series which will air in 2017 on CBS (or their online system). And it seems the adventures of the Enterprise will not be stopping there, as recently it has been announced that Paramount has registered the title ‘Star Trek 4’ with the MPAA (no, not ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but rather a new film most likely to be set in the JJ Abrams created rebooted ‘Star Trek’ universe.)
While it is not that unusual for studios to register names ahead of time (before even green lighting a film), it is becoming a bit of a trend for studios to start planning these things way out in advance (before they even know their current film is going to be successful), which is not always a good thing. Warner Bros green lit all of the ‘Justice League’ movies with Zack Snyder before ‘Batman V Superman‘ came out, and I am sure it is a decision they now regret, as many fans (including yours truly) would like to see Snyder out of the picture and the whole DC movie universe put on hold for retooling following the first disastrous entry.
But I digress, as ‘Star Trek’ is a very different franchise with a very loyal fanbase, who have stuck with the series and characters for a very long time, and some terrible film adaptations before, and it is probably just good business to start setting up ‘Star Trek 4’ now.
Are you looking forward to ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ or are you nervous because of the first preview? Do you think it could end the franchise and nullify a 4th installment? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Nick is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles, who belongs to the privileged few who enjoyed the ending to ‘Lost.’ For more of Nick’s thoughts and articles, follow him on Twitter.