Paramount plans to release their next feature film Star Trek in time for Christmas 2023, bringing back the Kelvin crew for a sequel Star Trek Beyond. Cast members have expressed enthusiasm for the project, including star Chris Pine. But the man who plays Captain Kirk is now talking about Paramount having realistic expectations at the box office.
Everyone is excited… but still waiting for this scenario
In an interview with Deadline, Chris Pine gave another update on the state of the film in a little more detail than his previous comments. He has not seen the script yet, but he has meetings for the project and remains enthusiastic:
I met the director, Matt [Shakman], which I really like. I met a producer in what I really like. I know JJ [Abrams] is involved in it in some ways. I met new people in Paramount, who are in many different kinds of relationships. I really liked them. Everyone seems excited about his prospect. It just does not exist – I do not have a tangible scenario to see.
Conceptually, I love it. I love Star Trek. Again, I like his messages. I love the character. I love my friends I play with. It’s a big gig. I mean, it’s a concert that I have, I work and I do not work, for more than 15 years. He took the career I have now. It is my honor to be a part of it. He has given me so much. I think there are many stories to be told in this.
The dilemma of billions of dollars
Following the release of three Trek films between 2009 and 2016, Paramount struggled to find a way forward with the film franchise after Beyond was behind the previous two films with a worldwide revenue of $ 343 million. That same year, a Marvel movie (Captain America: Civil War) made over $ 1.1 billion. Pine talked about how the Star Trek movies were restrained from what he considers unrealistic Marvel-level ambitions:
It was always that billion dollars because Marvel was making a billion. Billions, billions, billions. We fought it because Star Trek, for whatever reason, its core audience is furious. Like angry, as you know. To make those people who are interested in maybe Star Wars fans or think Star Trek is not nice or anything, proven; we have definitely done a good job, but not the multi-billion dollar job they want.
I always believed that Star Trek should work in the smaller zone. You know, this is not a Marvel appeal. It’s like, let’s make the movie about the people who love this group of people, who love this story, who love Star Trek. Let’s make it for them and then, if people want to come to the party, great. But make it at a price and make it so that if it makes half a billion dollars, that’s very good … I mean, if I wore my business suit, I would do that, but I do not know where it is. All of this is above my remuneration.
In the last two decades, Paramount has surpassed just over $ 1 billion in two feature films (both Transformers movies), but others Transformers and Unable to send The films have performed well from half a billion to billions, and the studio is currently working on several films for both of these franchises. The studio has kept Star Trek as its third tentpole franchise. Producer JJ Abrams (who is also its producer Unable to send Paramount) has moved Star Trek close to the same band, but Pine may be right that the Star Trek franchise may not have the same level of global reach.
However, a movie with a gross of $ 500 million, or maybe $ 600 million (which would be a little more than its inflation-adjusted box office In the darkness), can definitely make a profit for the studio if it can keep the budget under control. This of course would include actor compensation and it was the studio’s request to reduce Pine’s salary which stopped the previous attempt to continue Beyond in 2018. Hopefully Pine, Paramount and Abrams can find the right solution to make a Star Trek movie with a big enough budget for popcorn movie excitement, but not to break the money where anything less than $ 1 billion will be considered a failure.
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