The movie side of the Star Trek franchise has been rocky ever since Star Trek Beyond opened in 2016 and, although met with positive critical reception, underperformed at the box office. In recent months, it’s been revealed that there are two Star Trek movies currently in development: Star Trek 4, which would be a direct follow-up to Beyond, and the untitled movie, which is based off an idea that Quentin Tarantino pitched. However, Star Trek 4 just hit a major development snag, as both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have reportedly stepped away from the project.
Chris Pine succeeded William Shatner as James T. Kirk when 2009’s Star Trek rebooted the franchise, while a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth made a minor appearance in that same movie as George Kirk, James’ father. Around the time Star Trek Beyond came out, it was announced that the two Kirk men would cross paths in Star Trek 4, but according to THR, Pine and Hemsworth have exited talks with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media about the fourth installment set in the Kelvin timeline. The collapsed deals came down to money, as both actors wanted the studios to stick to the existing deals, but Paramount is trying to stick to a budget, noting that Beyond didn’t commercially perform as well as was hoped.