The last Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Star Trek Beyond, came out in 2016. Ever since, we’ve heard whispers about a fourth film. Even as recently as September, screenwriter Lindsey Anderson Beer was keeping hope alive. “It’s still on the tracks,” she said. “I love that project.”
Sounds nice, but also, who are we kidding? It’s been seven years and we’ve heard nothing solid. And when he talked to ComicBook.com the other day, Pine didn’t give fans any further reason to hope. “Not that I know [of],” he said asked if there were any plans for a fourth movie. And when asked if he had seen any scripts, he said, “Of course not.”
According to Variety, “Paramount is is hoping to have writers fine-tuning scripts for its planned reboot of Star Trek.” That could mean another movie starring Pine and company, or it could mean some whole new movie. At this point, it will take a Christmas miracle to get the old movie cast back on the final frontier.
Starfleet Academy show is “aimed at a younger generation”
While Star Trek is stalled on the big screen, it’s alive and well on TV. Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds…and there’s more on the way.
For instance, Paramount+ is putting together a show called Starfleet Academy, all about cadets training to ship off to outer space. Tawny Newsome, best known for playing Beckett Mariner on the animated show Star Trek: Lower Decks, will be on the writing staff for the new show, the first Star Trek actor to get such an honor. “It’s rare that you get to be a first in something that you really care about,” Newsome told StarTrek.com. “That’s, that’s very meaningful to me.”
"We truly have the most fun group of people. Our showrunners Alex [Kurtzman] and Noga [Landau] really assembled just a delightful room of lovely people. I don’t know how they did it, because Hollywood is full of psychopaths and they really managed to find some sweeties who love Trek. I’ve been having a blast and I think that the audience is going to love the show. I really do."
One of things Starfleet Academy has to do is stand out amid the glut of Trek shows. What’s its angle? Discovery is the flagship series, Strange New Worlds is the throwback, Picard is the nostalgia bomb, Lower Decks is the adult comedy. What will Starfleet Academy bring to the table?
“[I]t is aimed at a younger generation,” Newsome said. “I mean, it’s the Academy, all things are possible. Also, I like this era. I like the promise of this show because so often we don’t get to see what it’s like when you’re not quite a fully formed Starfleet officer yet. All of our Starfleet officers have to be so good already. What I think has been so fun about Lower Decks is that we’ve gotten to see people on the less great ship. So I just think that kids in their academy phase, that’s some of the exciting stuff for me. What are you like when you are a teenager who is still figuring this out on the path to becoming these great Starfleet officers?”
"I do [feel it will appeal to fans]. I will say that there are some people in that room—I might be one of them—that are real canon hound dogs. We got some real canon-heads in there with very intense conversations about keeping the Star Trek of it feeling really Star Trek-y. So I hope that’ll make everyone who loves Star Trek happy because it makes me happy. I love being a deputy canon cop."
There’s no release date for Starfleet Academy yet, and certainly no release for another Trek movie. But given how quickly Paramount+ is turning these out, there will be another show premiering soon enough.