Star Trek 4 is rumored once again to be cancelled, with no more movies in development. After establishing its place in pop culture as THE television show in the 1960s, Star Trek made the leap to the big screen with the 1979 movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That initial foray into cinema would be followed by numerous sequels, until the original Star Trek cast gave way to the The Next Generation (led by captain Patrick Stewart’s Captain Picard) for another series of films.
In 2009, J.J. Abrams brought Trek back to screens with his reboot movie starring a new cast as the original Enterprise crew. Abrams would direct the sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness, but would step aside in favor of Justin Lin for the third film Star Trek: Beyond. But after Beyondunderperformed at the box office, the future of Trek became very much in doubt, with reports flying about Quentin Tarantino possibly developing his own Trek film. Later, it was announced that Game of Thronesprequel pilot director S.J. Clarkson would take up the cause of keeping Trek alive on screen, followed by Fargo creator Noah Hawley who has open spoke about his take on the project focusing on an entirely new endeavor with a whole new cast.
But all that has been stuck in development hell. Since then the franchise has found new life and even more fans with new shows on CBS All Access with Star Trek Discovery, Picard, and the animated Star Trek Lower Decks.
Now if reports are true that Paramount has decided to stop work on all Trek films, this represents a major disappointment for fans of the franchise who were looking forward to seeing what might be next for Trek on the big screen. However, given the unimpressive box office for Star Trek: Beyond, it would really not be a shock to see the studio bring the movie franchise to an end at least for the time being. Star Trek is doing very well as a TV property and it makes more financial sense to pump money into expanding that side of the universe instead of gambling on Star Trek 4 at a time when audiences are increasingly disinterested in supporting older franchises at the box office.
Speaking of Paramount and CBS All Access, the streaming service is apparently set to rebrand in 2021 as Paramount+. The reasoning for the name change is because of the service’s expansion to feature content from ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of broadcast, news, sports and entertainment brands. ViacomCBS will also bring Paramount+ to international markets with an initial debut in Australia, Latin America and the Nordics in 2021.