Those of us who are patiently waiting for a fourth outing in the Star Trek movie franchise could be in for a long wait according to Karl Urban – who know as about as much as we do over the future of the franchise.
Urban, who plays Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy in the series of rebooted films, on a recent press tour for Thor: Ragnarok, revealed to Screen Crush that he and the rest of the cast have no idea whether there will be another film or if Star Trek Beyond was the series swan song.
“You know as much as I do, my friend. Listen, we’d all love to make another Star Trek movie. That’s absolutely certain. But if we don’t get that opportunity then I’m really happy to have ended on such a good note. We had such a wonderful time shooting Star Trek Beyond. It was an amazing experience – and we’re all still grieving over the fact that it was the last time that we got to shoot with Anton [Yelchin]. We’re all like a family. It won’t be the same without him.”
The death of Anton Yelchin just a month before the release of Star Trek Beyond in 2016 hit the close-knit cast and crew of the series franchise hard and questions of the future of this carnation of the saga began to rise, especially when the box office receipts were the lowest of the three films making $343 million worldwide.
At the time of the release of Star Trek Beyond, a script for a fourth movie was reportedly almost complete and was said to see a return for Chris Hemsworth as Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk’s father.