Although a pay dispute involving Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth seemed to signal a grim future for the Star Trek film franchise, co-star Karl Urban believes it will all work out.
Pine and Hemsworth reportedly walked away from Star Trek 4 in early August after negotiations with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media broke down. Urban and fellow co-stars Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and John Cho were expected to sign on, but without Pine as Captain Kirk and Hemsworth as his father George Kirk, it was unclear how the film could proceed.
But during an appearance last weekend at Trekonderoga in Ticonderoga, New York, Urban expressed confidence a deal will be made.
"Hopefully, we get back for another movie, or two of them," said the actor, who has played Dr. McCoy since 2009's Star Trek. "We are just sort of waiting on negotiations. I’m confident we will."
"The status is they have a script and brought on a director, S.J. Clarkson," Urban said, according to TrekMovie. "I have not had the pleasure [to meet her] yet, but others have. I just haven’t been in the vicinity. They plan to shoot in the U.K., which is where she’s based. J.J. [Abrams] is also over there shooting that other space franchise. At the moment. I believe the status of the project is really hinging on the availability and the contract negotiations of the two Chrises."
Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness were filmed in Los Angeles, while 2016's Star Trek Beyond shot in Vancouver, British Columbia.
According to a report early last month, Pine and Hemsworth insist they simply want Paramount to stick to their existing deals, but the studio wants a leaner budget following the box-office performance of Star Trek Beyond. The film earned $343.5 million, less than the previous two installments of the rebooted series.