What could have been a dream team-up might not be happening after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from negotiations with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media for Star Trek 4. The fourth installment was reportedly going to follow Captain Kirk (Pine) as he encounters his father in a time travel incident, with Chris Hemsworth set to reprise his role from the 2009 reboot.
The trade says that dealmaking with the other returning cast members, including Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg and John Cho, will follow next and is expected to close.
THR says it comes down to money, with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth asking the studios to stick to their existing deals, while Paramount is trying to hold the line on a budget. It’s not surprising considering the last three Star Trek movies have seen diminished returns at the box office.
The last movie, Star Trek Beyond, grossed $343 million worldwide on a budget of $190 million in 2016. Things kicked off in 2009 with Star Trek, which earned $386 million on a budget of $150 million, and that was followed by Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013 with $467.4 million worldwide.
The trade adds that it’s unclear what the next step will be. They could recast Kirk and his father, or perhaps a deal will be made at some point. S.J. Clarkson is attached to direct.