Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth Walk Away From 'Star Trek 4' Talks

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For now, though, the future of Kirk in Star Trek 4 remains unclear. That's right, both of the A-listers have dropped out of the movie, with the outlet stating that negotiations have broken down, resulting in Hemsworth and Pine walking away from Star Trek 4.

THR's report also indicates that Paramount is balking on their current deals with the actors, saying that Star Trek Beyond underperformed.

Be that as it may, the project's now suffered a major blow, as The Hollywood Reporter is telling us that both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth will no longer be going boldly where no man's gone before.

The next Star Trek film could be much different than we initially anticipated. Why? And apparently, it all comes down to money (obviously).

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As far as Pine and Hemsworth's teams are concerned, however, they should not have to renegotiate less money just because the franchise is not performing as well as originally expected. Both Pine and Hemsworth have been part of DC and Marvel blockbuster films (Pine as Steve Trevor in the Wonder Woman franchise and Hemsworth as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and are said to be asking Paramount to stick to the existing agreements. "The actors, according to sources, insist they have deals in place and that the studios are reneging on them, forcing them to take pay cuts as they try to budget a movie that is following a mediocre performer".

As such, they're now trying to slash the budget of the next installment and that includes lowering the salaries for the cast. Or Pine and Hemsworth could re-enter talks with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media.

J.J. Abrams' original 2009 Star Trek film brought in $386 million, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness clocked in at $467 million, and 2016's Star Trek Beyond made $343 million, a substantial decline that may have the studio a little gun-shy on expenditures.

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