Star Trek‘s Chris Pine has spoken out about the future of the franchise, deeming it “cursed”.
The actor has climbed aboard the USS Enterprise in the role of Captain Kirk since 2009, in which he starred in the JJ Abrams reboot of the franchise.
He reprised his role for the second and third instalments – 2013 release Star Trek: Into the Darkness and 2016’s Star Trek: Beyond – but has aired his doubts over the future of the intergalactic franchise, having waited so long for the next movie.
“After the last one came out and didn’t do the $1 billion that everyone wanted it to do, and then Anton (Yelchin) passed away, I don’t know,” Pine told Esquire. “It just… feels like it’s cursed.”
When asked about details of a fourth film, Pine said he didn’t know anything and that “actors are usually the last people to find out anything” in the world of Star Trek.
“I know costume designers that have read scripts before the actors. I would say it’s frustrating,” Pine added. “It doesn’t really foster the greatest sense of partnership, but it’s how it’s always been. I love the character. I love the people. I love the franchise. But to try to change the system in which things are created – I just can’t do it. I don’t have the energy.”
A fourth Star Trek film originally looked on track in February 2022 after it was announced JJ Abrams would be producing the project later that year, with Matt Shakman directing.
However, Shakman left the project in August of the same year to direct Marvel’s Fantastic Four film, with the movie being removed from the Paramount release calendar in September 2022.
Abrams addressed the fourth film in a Paramount Investors Day presentation last year, saying: “It’s the first time [since the original reboot] that we have a story that feels as compelling as the first one (via Esquire).”
Shakman gave an additional update on the project earlier this year speaking to Collider, saying he believed Paramount was still developing the project.