By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
Cameras have just begun to roll in Vancouver on the set of the third Star Trek film, rumored to be called Star Trek Beyond, but we’re already getting news about Star Trek 4. The Hollywood Reporter got the scoop that lead actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have signed on to boldly go where no one has gone before for a fourth time.
This doesn’t mean that Star Trek 4 is guaranteed, but it does indicate how much Paramount believes in the property. The previous two films, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness were hits at the box-office but not major money makers like Guardians of the Galaxy despite having better brand recognition.
Because of the amount of time between the previous Star Trek films, the delay in producing a third film, and the fact that in California a contract for personal services can only bind someone for seven years, contracts for all the actors had to be renegotiated. The original contracts had options for two sequels, where the actors would get a raise for each successive film. For example, Chris Pine received $600,000 for the 2009 film and $1.5 million for 2012’s Into Darkness, and was contracted to be paid $3 million for the third film.
However, because some of the actors have become hot commodities in Hollywood, especially Pine and Zoe Saldana, their representatives were able to successfully negotiate larger paychecks for the actors. The big winner was Pine, whose representatives reportedly negotiated a $6 million payday for the Captain Kirk actor for Star Trek Beyond, effectively doubling his take.
All in all, the renegotiation of everyone’s contract means that the budget for Paramount and Skydance Entertainment’s third Star Trek film has ballooned by about $10 million to $15 million to cover the cast’s pay. Fortunately, Paramount did get something in return during these renegotiations, and as a condition for the raises Quinto and Pine received, the studio was granted options for Star Trek 4 with both actors.
Star Trek Beyond, or whatever the third film will be called, will premiere in theaters on July 8, 2016. As for Star Trek 4, I’d wager it may open in 2018 or 2019.