It’s been a busy day for Trek news, and we’re barely through the morning — and here’s one more breaking story, laying the first bit of foundation for a potential Star Trek Beyond sequel.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed today that actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have both completed contract negotiations with Paramount Pictures to extend their runs as Kirk and Spock for a potential fourth Star Trek film.
Each actor was seeking raises from their original three-picture contract established in 2009. Chris Pine earned just $600,000 for the lead role in that first film — bumped to $1.5 Million for Into Darkness — and was hoping to double his $3 Million Star Trek Beyond take. Neogtiations appear to have been fruitful as his paycheck has been increased to $6 Million for the new film, currently filming in Vancouver.
The one condition of the various pay and benefit increases, according to THR, was that Pine and Quinto lock down their participation in another sequel — and that was completed in these new contracts.
While this news isn’t a guarantee of a Star Trek Beyond sequel, it’s the first indication that Paramount is looking to keep the J.J. Abrams film series going past 2016.