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Bad News For Star Trek 4: Not Getting Developed in this Galaxy

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Have We Seen The Last Frontier?

“Things Are Only Impossible Until They’re Not”

As Captain Jean-Luc Picard once said, “Things are only impossible until they’re not.” Unfortunately, he wasn’t referring to the development of Star Trek 4 because it is impossible. However, Spock also said, “Insufficient facts always invite danger,” so let’s dive into the facts, or at least DeadTalkNews’ loose interpretation of them. 

Like an ex who texts out of the blue with updates to lure you back – “almost employed” – sounds too good to be true! – over the years, we’ve had sporadic glimmers of hope with announcements about a fourth installation.

The last film in the series, Star Trek Beyond (2016), underperformed at the box office compared to its predecessors: Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Sadly the disappointing revenue tempered enthusiasm for more space adventures. Further dilemmas came through Star Trek 4 preparation – involving casting, finalizing a script, and attaching a director. 

Despite the stall in greenlighting the project, Paramount+ saw dollar signs and released Star Trek TV series on their platform: Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Moreover, the fervor continued through Star Trek 4’s appearance on their 2023 release calendar, but recently it vanished entirely – crushing fans’ hopes. 

So You’re Saying There’s A Chance?

One of the directors formerly attached to the project, Matt Shakman (Wandavision), said to Collider, “I’m probably not really allowed to speak too much about it because I think what they’re working on is a version of what I had been working on for the time that I was involved.” That’s pretty much world salad, but like a woman eager to interpret mixed signals from a man as positive – he’s saying this film has a chance.

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At least the stars of the film would be happy to return, notably Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine. In fact, Pine said if another film is released, it shouldn’t be compared to the massive revenue that Marvel movies generate. *As of this publication, Pine needs to rephrase: the billion-dollar revenue that Barbie (2023) has generated.

Ending On A High Note

Even with actors’ enthusiasm, without Paramount+’s endorsement, we’re on shaky ground. For fans, maybe it’s a good thing the execs aren’t going to pump out another film to cash in. Some of the most revered TV shows of all time were canceled in their prime. Plus, despite the underwhelming box office reception of the 2016 Star Trek film, it received much more favorable reviews from critics than the 2013 sequel, so the trilogy ended on a high note. And often, when one resurrects something, it’s just not the same. Like when they tried to bring back the dead kid in Pet Sematary (1989) – it just kind of sucked.

Check out the treasure trove of Star Trek TV series and films now streaming on Paramount+.

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Star Trek Beyond (2016) Official Paramount Trailer

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Laura is a screenwriter and script consultant based in New York. She has a penchant for absurd comedy and psychological thrillers.