According to Star Trek franchise star Zachary Quinto (Spock), the are multiple Trek films currently in development.
“I mean the only thing I can say is there’s a lot of energy around more movies,” Quinto told The Observer with regard to Paramount Pictures' eagerness to capitalize on the franchise's recent success. “Which ones are going to happen, which ones might happen first? I can’t really say, I don’t know honestly. I know there are lots of conversations being had about it. I know there are plans afoot to do at least one if not more movies.”
Currently, we know there are two official Star Trek movie scripts in development: one from JD Payne and Patrick McKay -- reportedly focused on James Kirk's father, George, played by Chris Hemsworth in the 2009 JJ Abrams reboot -- and another by Mark L. Smith, which is reported to be based on an idea by acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino.
It was indicated that Tarantino was working on an R-rated version of Star Trek, however some Trek insiders (including one Jonathan Frakes) are doubtful Tarantino's Trek vision will see the light of day.
Which script, if either, actually becomes the official Star Trek 4 is unclear at this point, but based on what's being said by Quinto, there could be many more cinematic Trek outings in the near future.
“I know Paramount, under their new administration, is eager to keep the franchise going,” Quinto insisted. “I feel like as soon as we go reconvene and then there’s a script that the studio believes in and a director, whether it’s Quentin or somebody else, that comes up… Hopefully, we’ll move it all forward. I’m pretty sure Quentin is doing his other project, which he wrote, so that might kind of contextualize things in terms of the chronology of how we might make more than one movie if we make more than one movie.”
How soon can we expect the next Star Trek movie to film? According to franchise star Karl Urban (Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy), it could be within a year. "You know, that cast, we’re like family at this point," Urban said recently (via Joblo). "I’m pretty confident within, hopefully, the next year, that we’ll be back on the set."
Set to star Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as James Kirk and Spock, respectively, Star Trek 4 doesn't currently have a release date.