Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine Sign on for a Fourth Star Trek Movie

Friday, 26 June 2015 - 10:36AM
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Friday, 26 June 2015 - 10:36AM
Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine Sign on for a Fourth Star Trek Movie
Kirk and Spock will officially be back for a fourth Star Trek movie. According to THR's sources, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have both committed to a fourth film as part of their re-negotiated contracts for Star Trek 3. 

Apparently, the negotiation surrounding those contracts is the reason behind the slow production of Star Trek 3. Production was reportedly delayed because the three main actors were only set to get nominal raises, but their agents lobbied for substantial raises as a result of their growing star power. Since California law states that employment contracts are only valid for seven years, and the actors signed the original contracts in 2007, the studio was forced to draw up new ones and meet the actors' demands.

Pine, Quinto, and co-star Zoe Saldana have all become far more high-profile since the rebooted Star Trek franchise began in 2009; Saldana was already a big name after her work in Avatar, but has raised her profile even more with her role in Guardians of the Galaxy. Quinto has been a familiar face on television for years, but Star Trek was his first-ever feature film role. He went on to win an Emmy for his role in American Horror Story: Asylum, and is now becoming a major movie star, with upcoming roles in Hitman: Agent 47 and the Edward Snowden biopic in addition to his Star Trek commitments.

But the Cinderella story is Chris Pine, who was all but unknown when he was cast as Captain Kirk, and only made $600,000 for the first film. He was then paid $1.5 million for Star Trek: Into Darkness, but his star power continued to rise, and he's proven himself headlining blockbusters in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, starring in well-received indies like Z for Zachariah, and playing a supporting role in prestige films like Into the Woods. As a result, he will now be paid $6 million for Star Trek: Beyond, doubling the $3 million in his original contract.

But in return for significant pay raises and improved performance bonus, Pine and Quinto were both required to sign an option for a fourth movie. There's no word yet on whether Saldana is committed to another sequel, but at least we know that the dynamic duo of Kirk and Spock will live long and prosper.
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