It’s Tuesday, and everyone knows that Tuesday is the day that studios reveal the official titles of their long anticipated space based projects. What? That’s not true? Ok whatever I’m just trying to tie this stuff together. In any case, we’ve got the official names of the next Star Trek and Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
Let’s start with Trek. Justin Lin has revealed on Twitter by way of a debonair hash tag that the new project is called Star Trek Beyond. This is more or less what Simon Pegg implied a few months back but it’s good to get a little confirmation. Star Trek Beyond began production in Vancouver last week with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban and Simon Pegg returning with the test of the original crew. Pine and Quinto have also already signed on for Star Trek 4, slipping a handsome raise into the contract for good measure.
I’m a big fan of the title. I’m not a huge fan of the colon + random buzz word formula and Star Trek into Darkness was a welcome vacation from the norm. There was a hope that Star Trek Beyond would continue to experiment with the title but a lack of colons altogether is more than enough for me.
Moving right along, we’ve had a double reveal for the title of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Both Kevin Feige via Collider and James Gunn via Twitter confirmed that the title would be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. For those who didn’t see the first one, the title is a play on Chris Pratt‘s character Peter Quill’s Awesome Mix Volume 1 that acted as the excellent soundtrack for the movie.
Similar to Star Trek Beyond, we have very little concrete information about the movie. We know that Quill will encounter his father and there will be more emotions flying around, while Star Trek promises more action from Pegg and some Klingons.
So now we’ve got the names down, there’s no reason they shouldn’t tell us every other bit of information. So, you know, whenever you’re ready guys.
Star Trek Beyond is set to go boldly on July 8th 2016, while Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will land April 28th 2017.
Unless you’re True Detective, if your franchise is going to last it’s largely dependent on the cast sticking around for the long haul. While this is normally a process that happens right at the start or between movies, some key members of the Star Trek crew have already agreed to stay on the bridge for the foreseeable future.
Empire is reporting that Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who have played Jim Kirk and Spock respectively in the last two Star Trek films, have signed contracts to star in Star Trek 4, while they’re still in the process of making Star Trek 3. Currently titled Star Trek Beyond, the third in the series has just moved into production, so a pledge to carry on for another film is a tremendous show of faith or some other force is at work. By that I mean studio influence, not magic or anything.
It’s not all good faith however. Both Pine and Quinto have negotiated a handsome salary rise for their troubles. There’s no word as yet on whether Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg or any of the other regulars have signed in for Star Trek 4 – The Search for More Money as yet, but there’s every chance that they’ll follow suit. Justin Lin, the new director for Star Trek 3, has made no mention of any future plans either. As for the film itself, we’ve got very little information to go on to measure it’s weight class, apart from insinuations about Klingons and vows from Pegg to get elbow deep in some action thus time around.
There’s obviously no confirmation here that Paramount are even remotely interested in a fourth Trek, so Pine and Quinto’s contracts could be considered more of an just in case insurance policy than anything else. However, if Star Trek 3 can continue the momentum of Into Darkness, it could be a prudent investment indeed.
Would you sign on for Star Trek 4?
While J.J. Abrams continues to dazzle with his latest Star Wars: the Force Awakens teaser, it’s getting a bit messy in his old stomping ground. There are reports coming out of Deadline that Roberto Orci, who was reported as taking on directing duties for Star Trek 3 has left the project. Orci was a big part of putting the rebooted film franchise together as a writer, and there’s a good chance that he’ll be staying on as a producer. This would make sense since it’s his script that the new film will be based on, written by himself, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.
Since the release is scheduled for 2016, it isn’t surprising that Paramount Pictures already has a list in the works for Orci’s replacement. One of the names mentioned by Deadline is Edgar Wright, who is currently free as a bird since leaving Marvel’s Ant-Man due to creative differences between himself and the studio.
In the end this may be best for the franchise, as Orci is a top-notch writer but has no directorial experience to date. So the chances are paramount will play it safe and go with someone with a little more experience under their belt. Wright would be a intriguing choice, and he’d already be familiar with some of the cast having worked with Simon Pegg on numerous projects including Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Granted there are as yet no confirmations of returning cast members, but Paramount currently has bigger fish to fry with Orci’s departure.
Who would you like to see directing Star Trek 3? Could Wright be the one to send you into warp-speed?