Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth out of 'Star Trek 4'

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Image via Paramount

It's unfortunate for fans of the series to know that the future of the Star Trek franchise is in peril, especially due to its beloved cast, as well as the fact that a female was to direct the latest installment.

Per the report, the talks fell apart over money and salary negotiations between the actors and the two companies behind the upcoming Trek films, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. The project is set to be directed by S. J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Succession), the first woman to direct a Star Trek film in franchise history.

The deal breaker was money.

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A Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth team-up seemed promising for "Star Trek 4", but now the entire movie's fate is up in the air.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from negotiations to star in the blockbuster produced by J.J. Abrams over the studio allegedly trying to force them to take a cut in salary. But Paramount doesn't care about that deal, apparently. The new Star Trek films have only grossed around $350-$450 million each, and not the $700 million-plus that Marvel and DC films have made at the box office. Paramount is like "hey these movies don't make as much as you think" and they're like "we're both named Chris" and the two opposing viewpoints were not able to meet in the middle.

The Next Generation alum Brent Spiner, who played the android Data, heard the news he playfully responded that he too was walking away from Star Trek 4, tweeting "Me, too!"

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But, Paramount has also maybe been a little stingy with their numbers. And it's unclear how Paramount will proceed.

Yes, re-casting one Kirk is possible. but re-casting BOTH actors, would seem hard for the audience to accept when the movie relies so much on them buying the father-son reunion dynamic. Or, attempt to bring the involved parties back to the table in hopes of a deal that would put them both into the intended roles. Even if it hurts the bottom line. It's being called a priority by Paramount insiders. Paramount proper now has no comment on this situation.

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