ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish has announced that Paramount has two ‘Star Trek’ movies in the works. This announcement came during a presentation at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference in New York. This was Bakish’s first public appearance since CBS and Viacom recombined into one entity and was part of a larger panel meant to illustrate how this new conglomerate would be competitive in today’s ever-changing market.
Of course, ‘Star Trek’ is a major asset, and is essentially the entire foundation of the CBS All Access streaming service, but the franchise isn’t dead on the big screen, despite the poor performance of ‘Star Trek Beyond’. About a month ago, it was announced that ‘Fargo’ and ‘Legion’ creator Noah Hawley had been enlisted to write and direct a fourth ‘Star Trek’ movie that will continue the Kelvin storyline from the previous three flicks.
Paramount has been struggling for a couple of years to get a fourth ‘Trek’ off the ground. The last attempt, a time travel story that would have brought back Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father George, was scuttled due to Hemsworth and Chris Pine both demanding too much money. S.J. Clarkson was attached to direct that take, but after the project fell apart, she moved on.
It remains to be seen what the other ‘Trek’ movie Bakish mentioned is. It’s possible that he was referencing the much-discussed Quentin Tarantino ‘Trek’ project. But if that is the case, Tarantino himself recently stated that he doubted that he would go through with that.
As he recently told Consequence of Sound:
“I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet.”
It is possible that a different second film is in development. Then again, it is also possible that Tarantino could change his mind and go through with his planned movie. He didn’t flat out say that he wasn’t going to do it.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter