Even as production gets under way on "Star Trek Beyond," a report indicates Paramount Pictures has already signed two of its stars to a potential fourth film in the rebooted franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio and Skydance Productions have locked in sequel options for Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto in last-minute negotiations that saw the entire cast receive raises.
However, the website notes that Pine, who stars as Captain Kirk, is the big winner. He was paid $600,000 for 2009's "Star Trek" and $1.5 million for 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness." While he initially was to have been paid $3 million for "Star Trek Beyond," the new agreement sees that figure double. The option for the fourth film was apparently a condition of Pine and Quinto's raises.
Directed by Justin Lin from a script by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, "Star Trek Beyond" also stars Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Pegg. The film opens July 8, 2016.