You can add Karl Urban’s name to the list of actors waiting to see what they’ll actually be doing in the next Star Trek film.

Following in the wake of Chris Pine’s comments just the other day, it seems that a script for Star Trek 4 has still not yet arrived in the hands of its principal cast, despite the film having been announced. Karl Urban, who plays Bones in the franchise has denied seeing a script too, stating “I haven’t seen a script, I know nothing. But I would love to work with those guys again, so much fun, the best hang. We’ll see”.

The process here continues to have a bizarre ring to it, with Paramount announcing the film via an investor’s call before tying up the services of its key cast. Then, almost a month later, the cast claim to have still not seen a screenplay for the movie, or know much about the story.

It’s a very public way to put together a blockbuster film, and the failure of such high-profile projects to ignite can then come with a very resounding smack of indignity. Don’t get us wrong, we’re pulling hard for another Star Trek movie, but Paramount’s approach here is more than a little baffling and might explain why previous attempts to kick the series back into gear have failed.

Here’s the original announcement below, from producer JJ Abrams: “We are thrilled to say that we are hard at work on a new Star Trek film that will be shooting by the end of the year that will be featuring our original cast and some new characters that I think are going to be really fun and exciting and help take Star Trek into areas that you’ve just never seen before,” Abrams said. “We’re thrilled about this film, we have a bunch of other stories that we’re talking about that we think will be really exciting, so can’t wait for you to see what we’re cooking up. But until then, live long and prosper.”

Filming is set to begin later this year, in theory. More as we hear it.

Variety

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