Star Trek 4 in doubt as Chris Pine, Hemsworth drop out

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Star Trek 4 may look a lot different to its predecessors - and not just because of improvements in CGI.

While Chris Pine was set to reprise his role as Captain Kirk, Chris Hemsworth would have played his father in a time-traveling adventure.

The Hollywood Reporter broke an exclusive story about both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth and their representatives walking away from talks about Star Trek 4, meaning neither actor might end up in the movie.

Star Trek 4, which surely won't be its actual title, was supposed to have two of Hollywood's famous Chrises. Then in 2016, Star Trek Beyond failed to really capitalize on the film being released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.

It's unfortunate for fans of the series to know that the future of the Star Trek franchise is in peril, especially due to its beloved cast, as well as the fact that a female was to direct the latest installment.

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The main issue here is that the scenario seems to hinge on the casting of both Pine and Hemsworth.

Since "Star Trek Beyond" grossed only $343 million worldwide on a budget of $190 million, the studio is reportedly trying to make this one on a much smaller budget.

The studio doesn't appear to be willing to scrap the movie over their potential departures, and the deals with Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and John Cho are "expected to close". But Paramount claims Star Trek is not in line with the Marvel movies or something like Star Wars, and they have an actual budget they need to worry about. The actor signed for Star Trek 4 even before he shot Star Trek Beyond in 2015. That mediocre performer would be Star Trek Beyond, which sources say Paramount actually lost money on.

J.J. Abrams' 2009 franchise restarter Star Trek turned in $386 million, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness is the top earner so far, with $467 million.

Insiders for Paramount and Skydance are reportedly saying the Bad Robot co-production is a "priority" for the studio and won't be put on hold.

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