“We always had this goal of hitting $1 billion in revenue, because Marvel was getting there. Billion, billion, billion.”
We were surprised to learn in February that Paramount launched the production of star trek 4 bringing back the cast main character of JJ Abrams’ reboot: Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoë Saldana as Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy and John Cho as Sulu. An episode that will follow the star trek from 2009, to Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Without Limitsreleased in theaters in 2016. This is Matt Shakman (known for the Marvel series Wanda Vision), who will be in charge of the staging, after the abandonment of two projects imagined by Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley (the creator of the series Fargo finally left to work on Alien).
Star Trek 4: Chris Pine and the rest of the cast were unaware of the project
The announcement of this project was also a surprise for the cast, who were not aware of it before the producers revealed it in the middle of a meeting with financial investors. This risks making salary negotiations intense between the actors and the studio…
Met by DeadlineChris Pine made the point that the progress of the project, referring in passing to the difficulties of star trek to compete with other big franchises currently being developed in Hollywood. In particular the super-heroic saga of Marvel, which has set the bar very high in terms of revenue.
“I haven’t read a script yet. I’ve met the director, who I really like. Same for a producer. And I know JJ is involved to some degree. I’ve met the new people working at Paramount, with whom we have a very different relationship than before. I like them a lot too. Everyone seems to be eager to get into it. It’s just that we don’t have a real script yet. read. (…) We always tried to achieve the highest scores on the international market. We always had this goal of a billion dollars in revenue, because Marvel was getting there. Billion, billion, billion. We struggled with that, because star trek does not register that kind of score at the box office. For whatever reason, it’s smaller. To reach the public, while some think it’s dedicated only to fans of star trek or star trek isn’t cool enough, or whatever… We’ve always done a good job, but not the kind to bring in a billion like the producers wanted. We are in such a system today, I don’t know how long we can hold out having to pay so much for a film and hope to reach at least 500 million dollars with it. Of course, you have a lot of people to pay on this type of production, so for him to make a billion, it’s not like we’re going to pocket that total sum, you have to invest in the film first. That’s what I would do if I had put on my business suit, but I don’t know where it is. It goes beyond my own pay.”
In detail, the reboot of star trek cost 150 million dollars and made 385, its sequel earned 467 million for 190 budget and the third installment, 343 million for 185 invested by Paramount. Results actually far from those of Marvel productions, even if these new films star trek received generally good reviews.
Star Trek Unlimited: Mission Accomplished