The new Star Trek film might just be getting off to a bumpy start, with its announcement last week not just taking the audience by surprise.

It’s been just over a week now since Paramount Pictures made its surprise announcement that it’d gone back to one of its original plans for a new Star Trek movie.

Over the last couple of years, as it’s worked out how to follow on from Star Trek Beyond, it’s toyed with a Quentin Tarantino Trek movie, a full reboot, and continuing the voyage of the ‘Kelvin’ crew, led by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

It appeared to be veering away from the latter, but the announcement last week affirmed that in fact, that particular cast was getting another outing, with WandaVision’s Matt Shakman directing.

However, according to a piece at The Hollywood Reporter, the announcement came as something of a surprise to the aforementioned ensemble. Along with Pine and Quinto, it affected Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Judge Dredd and John Cho, none of whom were told the announcement was coming when it did.

Furthermore, it doesn’t sound as though any of them as put pen to paper yet, with Chris Pine in ‘early negotiations’ for a return at best. It’s not to say they won’t return, just that the deal hasn’t been done and the announcement has already been made. They learned that the film was to be before the cameras in 2022 this way, it seems.

On top of that, the December 22nd 2023 release date depends on having a completed script, and the budget hasn’t been fixed. I’d quite like to be an agent for one of the cast at the moment, as Paramount is clearly boxed into a corner here, and I’m not sure I’d lowball my client’s offer.

More news on the movie as we hear it. It’s still just as likely to happen, just that it’s not got off to the cleanest of starts.

THR

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