Although the third film in the rebooted Star Trek franchise has only just started shooting in Vancouver, BC, Paramount has secured the new franchise’s two biggest stars for a potential follow-up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio behind the cinematic side of the Star Trek franchise has raised the pay for the entire main crew of the Starship Enterprise, reportedly adding as much as $10 to $15 million to the overall budget for the currently-shooting third installment. Additionally, Paramount has renegotiated the deal with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto — Captain Kirk and Commander Spock, respectively — to include a third sequel in their deal regarding the franchise. Part of the reason the budget had to be increased so much, the report speculates, is because of the rising popularity of many cast members, particularly Pine and actress Zoe Saldana, who plays Lieutenant Uhura.
While the box office success of J.J. Abrams’ first 2009 Star Trek film was solid, it wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. The 2013 film, Star Trek Into Darkness, grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, making the studio a bit more eager to return to boldly going where no one has gone before. Roadblocks came up, including the involvement and eventual departure of writer and slotted director Roberto Orci, which eventually led to the hiring of Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, “True Detective”) to take over the film’s “center seat.” This is when salaries for the main cast went into review.
This new deal seems to ensure some new longevity for the revived Star Trek franchise, and will likely ensure that if a fourth film is in the cards, the rest of the cast will follow. This has actually happened before in this very franchise, when in 2001 Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner signed on for Star Trek Nemesis before the other major cast members of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” who then followed Stewart and Spiner’s lead shortly thereafter.
Star Trek 3, which reportedly has the working title of Star Trek Beyond, will be released next year to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise. For more on the film as it take shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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