Paramount has officially announced that the Kelvin Timeline will continue in STAR TREK 4 (official title yet to be determined), which will bring back Thor actor Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk in the planned sequel.

J.J. Abrams revealed the scoop to Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz last week, who nearly has a stroke when he hears the news:

Here’s the official press release, which also confirms that one-time STAR TREK BEYOND writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McCay will return for the script.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES, SKYDANCE AND BAD ROBOT
ANNOUNCE A FOURTH “STAR TREK” FILM

CHRIS PINE AND CAST TO BE JOINED BY CHRIS HEMSWORTH, WHO RETURNS TO THE BLOCKBUSTER FRANCHISE AS GEORGE KIRK

HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 18, 2016) – Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Bad Robot today announced that the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise will return to the big screen for another voyage.

In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.

Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s “STAR TREK,” will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.

The remaining cast is expected to return.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write the screenplay. J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance will executive produce.

We’ve known for a year that both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have been contracted for a fourth film, and in J.J. Abrams’ recent comments about a possible sequel, he confirmed that Anton Yelchin’s Chekov would not be recast after the actor’s unexpected death.

Chris Hemsworth in his skinnier, pre-Thor days.

More details to follow as they are announced!

  • archer923

    Funny that the 4th film will be about time travel. Nice to finally get some George Kirk backstory.

    • Ace Stephens

      Has it been confirmed that time travel is the method they’re doing this within?

      • archer923

        Unless they bring Tralane into the movie. And made him a statue. George Kirk was blown up.

        • Ace Stephens

          But alternate realities exist. Dreamworlds (of sorts). Differing planes in general. He might have died and returned. Etc.

          Also, indicating that this would make it “about time travel” seems potentially false regardless (of if something associated was involved) as he could have been “saved” at the time via some means and then placed wherever/whenever that he survived at until being discovered/found/etc. It doesn’t expressly mean it’s then “about” time travel even if that was intrinsically an element.

          So I just think saying, “It’s about time travel then.” is…not a safe assumption to make at all.

        • Joe Scatone

          Actually if you want to be technical about it the 2009 movie didn’t actually show he died. He could have been beamed off the bridge at the last second.

          • Alex Huffman

            Surely they mentioned in the last 2 movies that he died in the explosion.

          • Bifash

            No one on Earth would be aware if he WAS transported away by some alien force.

          • Joe Scatone

            They presumed he died. They never said they found a body.

          • Jeffrey Shulfer

            If only, but the U.S.S. Kelvin, presumably along with rest of the Starfleet in the mid 23rd Century, did NOT YET have beaming ability from off the bridge. Unless you include the instance from the TOS episode ‘Shore Leave’ which I doubt. I implied Mr Sulu meant someone FROM the Bridge Crew was trying to beam down and not someone beaming DIRECTLY from the bridge.

          • Joe Scatone

            It doesn’t have to Starfleet who beamed him off the ship right before he pancaked into the view screen. Maybe somebody with better technology, or somebody from the future.

          • Jeffrey Shulfer

            Got it! Thanks for THAT insight. To paraphrase Captain Kirk in the TOS episode ‘Arena’ (?) “We think of ourselves as the most powerful Beings in the Universe. It’s distressing to learn that we’re not!” Indeed, some entity OTHER than the Star Fleet COULD have been responsible for beaming George Kirk off the bridge of the Kelvin. Still confusing to me: I always thought of James Kirk as the SECOND born in his Family, not the First.

          • That contrivance would be far more annoying than time travel. Who transported him? The Klingons? Why? It would also mean gluing rubber to his face to age him the 30+ years. And where has he been all this time?

          • Joe Scatone

            Agent Daniels or those temporal police from voyager. 29th century I believe.

        • kadajawi

          Not necessarily. They could also go back into the Prime Universe in some way or another, where there is still a Kirk Sr. We’ve had this jumping around in parallel universes before on TNG. Or they could get George Kirk from the Prime Universe or another one. Time travel certainly is a possibility, but it isn’t the only one.

    • Binyamin Koretz

      Or maybe it will be called Star Trek: Frequency and Kirk will speak to his dead father through a ham radio set every time there’s an aurora borealis

  • Bifash

    Wonderful news!! Not so much ‘Star Trek 4’ as ‘Star Trek: Thor’! I am glad the movies will continue with this cast.

  • Bifash

    I know people are expecting time-travel, but there could be other possibilites ( I rather hope there are ).
    Perhaps George Kirl is pulled from the Timeline ( by the Q? or Borg? ) seconds before the Kelvin rams the Narada.
    Or perhaps, it’s an alien machination posing as George Kirk to exploit Jim, who knows?

    • Avilos

      Him being pulled from the past would still be time travel.

      • Ace Stephens

        Would it? What if he was pulled from the past, then put back in the past at the same point (but in a differing location) or in a differing universe/reality or whatever…

        That’s not necessarily time travel. It could be something screwy like that.

    • kadajawi

      It could be a mirror universe movie. It could be one that has the Enterprise enter back the Prime universe. etc.

      • Bifash

        Chris Pine is very keen to play Mirror-Kirk. He could quite easily be THE Mirror-Kirk transposed to the NuTrek timeline.

        Perhaps Mirror-George Kirk was imprisoned by his son in the Tantalus Field and therefore didin’t age. NuTrek crew must revive him from imprisonment to help defeat his son.

        ( I’m just WILDLY speculating – I don’t see this happening in any way ).

    • Thomas Elkins

      What if it’s Shatner Kirk’s father from the Prime Universe?

  • TheRenegadeRebel .

    As long as JJ doesn’t direct it i’m exited. Hopefully they’ll bring back Lin. It would be nice to continue the movie series with a director that not only understand Star Trek but is a fan himself.

    • Bifash

      I think it will all depend on how well BEYOND does. I really want it to be a hit. It’s been garnering overall positive reviews, but I’m not confident in the general movie going audiences’ tastes.

    • Coolgeek

      Nicholas Meyer not being a fan of Trek didn’t hurt the Trek movies he was involved with.

  • Bifash

    Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth – why stop there? Bring in Evans and Pratt, it’d be incredible!

    • danielcw

      Wouldn’t it be easier to get Chris Pine into the MCU then 🙂

      • Bifash

        Alas, he’s the only one of the Four Chrises to be in the DC Universe instead.

  • Greg M

    Will it have Whales?

    • No, this time it will be Scotty’s humpbacked *people.*

  • Joe Scatone

    I’d really love for jew jew Abrams to stay far far away from this.

    • Robert Karma

      I take it this post was sent from the Mirror Universe where Antisemitism is considered to be really cool.

      • GIBBS v2

        No kidding.

        • Joe Scatone

          You’ve got it all wrong. I thought J J stood for Jew Jew because he was proud of who he was. I have a friend named “Christian” is that not ok now?

      • Joe Scatone

        I don’t even know what that means. I thought J J stood for Jew Jew because he was proud he was jewish. It’s wrong to be proud of your heritage now?

      • Joe Scatone

        What’s cool would be a forum where people can share their opinions even if unpopular without being censored.

        • Robert Karma

          You confusing rationally based criticism for censorship. You have the right to your opinion just as we have the right to voice our response to it. That’s how the free market of ideas works. If you can’t handle it, don’t participate.

    • DavidisALLright

      That’s great..I thought Trek was all about tolerance, and where we have an anti-Semitic troll with a fake profile pic. Nice try.

      • Joe Scatone

        Nothing I said was anti-semetic. JJ is jewish that’s a fact. Don’t apply your own racism to what others say.

      • Joe Scatone

        If you profess tolerance you must also tolerate intolerance. To do otherwise would be hypocritical. Either you accept all opinions or you don’t.

        • Jason Ogonowski

          That’s bullshit and you know it.

          • Joe Scatone

            “I’m only tolerant of opinions I like” is the epitome of intolerance. You have to take the good with the bad.

          • GIBBS v2

            A blatant Slur intended to insult and an Opinion are not the same thing.

          • Joe Scatone

            You’re just proving the double standards of liberals. They celebrate any opinion they like because isn’t diversity wonderful? But any opinion they don’t like is hate speech. You’re said something I don’t like???? That’s hate speech you racist!! #Trump2016

          • This is not a forum for politics. Please keep your discussion to Trek.

          • Joe Scatone

            OK but It all started when I said I hoped JJ stayed away from the 4th movie I didn’t know that was against the rules.

          • GIBBS v2

            Being a jerk requires no political affilitaion but if you want to own it go for it.

        • DavidisALLright

          Unfortunately, your logic is on the level of a 6 year old. Nice Try, bud. You would be the worst lawyer, btw.

          • Joe Scatone

            How am I wrong? Anything you don’t like is hate speech. You only tolerate what you agree with.

  • Robert Karma

    I’m surprised that Simon Pegg wasn’t included as one of the writers for STIV. The feedback I’ve heard from those who have seen STB has been quite positive. Surely Pegg and Lin deserve credit for righting the ship and returning Kelvin Trek to the roots of TOS.

    • I agree. I’m reading reviews that say Star Trek Beyond is the best of the three reboot movies, so why not stick with the writers that MADE it that way?

      • Ace Stephens

        From the implications of it being writers who were brought on for 3, the answer is seemingly “Because these writers had a good idea/screenplay/etc. that they were developing for 3 which will be ready to go more quickly.” Nobody seemed to imply that Pegg has been shut out from future writing opportunities or anything. And, for all most of us know, Pegg might have helped those writing 4 craft it somewhat or what he and Jung wrote in 3 will alter it noticeably or Pegg might do an uncredited rewrite or loved their idea for 3 if it were to be 4 and has a great plan to follow up on that for 5. Or maybe he just doesn’t want to write another one right now because writing this one was a tiring process for him. Or something.

        I don’t think “success” should be considered a grounds for limitation in these regards. Studios have a reputation for churning out sequels relentlessly based on formulaic views of “what worked last time” and it often (although not always) results in subpar, overblown nonsense that lacks imagination. I am not arguing that Pegg would do this but that I feel people generally shouldn’t encourage that by roughly demanding that as soon as things work then properties should shift into a formulaic approach or else they are somehow bad or a “letdown” or whatever.

      • Ivan Ofitserov

        Because they just need to fuck it up again in IV to refuck it back in V, don’t they? In this timeline V will be a masterpiece!

      • Gremlin1974

        You also have to remember that Pegg is a very busy actor and writer in his own right outside of Star Trek and is highly in demand. He simply may not have had time to return to write the next film or chosen to take on another project.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Fantastic news! Eat it, haters!

    • Gene’s Vision

      Din Din!

  • Michael Broadhead

    I have a feeling this is the original script that Bob Orci was going to direct for Trek 3…

    • danielcw

      Yeah, considering his 2 co-writers are involved, I wonder how much is a leftover plot.

    • daGiez

      Well I would think Bob would be included, as it’s still his story. I would like to know what that story was though…

      • Shane

        As long as they don’t let him anywhere near the directors chair!

      • The Chadwick

        Well do we know for a fact they are using that tossed script? With the premature success of Beyond and not George Kirk coming back, I think they will pen a new screenplay.

        If anything, Bob would produce Trek 4, but I doubt that. As far as I know there is bad blood and Bob only received a producer credit for Beyond due to a contractual obligation. I can appreciate what Bob wanted to do and his passion and love for Star Trek but with how Beyond is looking, I am glad they cleaned house with Bob, Alex, and Damon. Granted Alex is on the new TV show now, but Damon did not work well as a writer for Star Trek, again my opinion.

        I was always iffy about MacKay and Payne. I didn’t like the vibes I got from Payne hearing him in an interview. I can understand if Pegg does not want to write another one but I say keep on Pegg and Jung as writers, keep JJ as a producer and let Lin direct again. Why change something when it apparently works really well.

        • kadajawi

          We don’t know if Bob, without Kurtzman and Lindelof, may turn out something great. He may be the one responsible for the good parts of the previous movies.

        • Shane

          Doesnt make sense why they would give MacKay and Payne writing duties after what happened is seems to make much more sense to try and keep the Beyond team together.

    • Bifash

      I doubt they would regurgitate that since they ditched it, and did a complete overhaul.

      • The Chadwick

        Exactly

    • If nothing else I hope that script gets released on the web someday. I’d really like to see what Paramount considers “too Trekkie”.

      • kadajawi

        Amen. I want to read that script more than I want to watch Beyond. It might have been terrible, and Paramount was absolutely right, or it might have been just what would please US, but not the general audience. 2009 was barely Star Trek. ID was Star Trek, but flawed. Maybe their script would have absolutely been Star Trek, just with a bigger budget.

    • kadajawi

      I doubt it, though I do think parts of that script may become the new movie. Also, they are just trying to cash in on Chris Hemsworth’s popularity, right? Chris Pine is fine, but Chris Hemsworth is huge (not just literally…).

  • Tuskin38

    These writers are the original ST3 writers under Orci. Might explain how they have a story already.

    • Darkthunder

      Which also means, ST14 will suck just as 11 and 12 did. Sorry, just stating an opinion. ST13 might actually be decent, since it’s non-Roberto Orci allied writers.

      Notice how I actually write the proper NUMBER on these films? These aren’t the “1st, 2nd, 3rd etc” Star Trek films.

      • Tuskin38

        Well Orci has no connection to ST3 at all so they may have re-written it.

    • kadajawi

      I wonder why. And why Orci isn’t part of it.

  • Greg Price

    I would remind you that Fox said there was an F4stic sequel planned too.

  • madmadia85

    I’m surprised they didn’t confirm the current creative team or at least add Jung to the mix if Pegg doesn’t want to write the script again. Or even Alex Kurtzman.

    eta: oh no Kirk and his daddy issues..

    • Ace Stephens

      It would seem they already had a screenplay available or in-development since these writers were previously contracted to work on 3. In terms of the immediate context, that would likely do a lot to explain why Jung and Pegg aren’t back. And Lin has a few things in the works so his availability to direct might be limited, depending on their anticipated schedule.

      • Salvador Nogueira

        Maybe this was part of a deal to take them off the credits of “Beyond.”

        – Don’t worry, boys, you’ll write the next one.
        – Really? What about Bob Orci?
        – He’ll get over it with producer credits.

    • kadajawi

      Jung and Pegg may still be added at a later point, maybe to polish up the script.

      Alex Kurtzman is busy doing the series, and I don’t want to see him near a Star Trek script ever again (hopefully he will only produce!).

      I am surprised that Orci isn’t part of it. Must be bad blood, I suppose?

      • Bifash

        I wonder how Orci feels about Kurtzman ( the one who WASN’T the biggest Trek fan of the pair ) getting the CBS Trek gig?

  • I’m guessing that Paramount wanted this news out there before Beyond premiered. A bit of extra publicity never hurt. Would explain the lack of cast and crew info. Fascinating that they’ve already contracted with Hemsworth though.

  • Judith Rodriguez

    I just hope Karl Urban comes back as Bones. He does such a great job….and of course it wouldn’t be the same without the rest of the main cast, Zoe Zaldaña Simon Pegg and John Cho. Antón Yelchin will be greatñy missed.

    • Bifash

      I understand Urban was not under contract for Beyond and was hesitant to come back, until he sat down with Justin. I hope tye’ve signed Karl up for more movies.

      • Charlie Oakes

        That was a bit of an error in reporting. Karl was considering doing two movies and couldn’t do both but chose Beyond after a chat with Lin. I’m sure he’d jump at the chance to do a 4th if his schedule allowed it.

        • Gremlin1974

          He has done an excellent job reviving the character and his portrayal has been a great tribute to the late DeForest Kelly. I swear Urban must have watched every moment of film that Kelly did as Bones.

  • Paulo Cesar Ceglia

    It´s not time to talk about that. JJ Abrams wanna get all press to him. He´s ridiculous! Go take care of Star Wars and piss off!

    • Cabo 5150

      I think *you’re* ridiculous with an equally moronic, pointless and ridiculous post.

      Why don’t *you* “piss off”.

  • Bill Simmerly

    What if he’s not playing George Kirk, Jim’s dad, but instead is playing George Samuel Kirk, his brother? So they make us think it’s a time travel movie but instead it’s just his brother with a strong resemblance to their father.

    • Bifash

      Bloody hell, that so simple and obvious, it skipped by me. Brilliant thought!

    • Gene’s Vision

      Good point. It has to be his brother.

    • drum-van

      it says right in the press release, “his father”. it’s the same george kirk we saw flying into the viewscreen in 2009.

      • Bill Simmerly

        Yeah, maybe they’ll name him John Harrison. Just saying, I wouldn’t put it past them to try and twist it.

      • Lostrod

        What if Kirk’s mom had an affair with her brother in law? Maybe that’s why she didn’t raise young Kirk – out of guilt. So CPT Kirk meets George Samuel Kirk who says “I am your father ..”. Bound to bring in Star Wars fans to the franchise.

  • Trent

    It is going to be Tomorrow is yesterday Papa Kirk from before the first movie Sonny wants to save him ,but dad goes back to preserve this crap verse

  • Gene’s Vision

    Outstanding!!!

  • Andrew Howard-Williams

    It will be interesting to see how Chekov is written out in Star Trek 4 but what would have happened if Chris Pine aka Captain Kirk had been killed would they have scrapped any further Star Trek Movies? Looking forward to Star Trek Beyond.

    • Joe Scatone

      I bet there will be a line about him and Carol Marcus going to work on some secret project. That would explain how he ended up on the Reliant.

    • Doubtless they’ll feel the need to do some homage to him but in the old days he’d simply not be there and go completely unmentioned.

  • Alex Huffman

    I bet this script is intended to reset the timeline back to TOS through some time travel anomaly. I would imagine early on the producers felt they could squeeze in another movie before doing so to increase profits – especially since they already had some of the principle cast signed up to do 4 movies.

    • kadajawi

      It sounds like that, though time travel isn’t necessary for that. And they don’t have to reset the timeline. It could be something as simple as there being some sort of space anomaly that lets the Enterprise enter the Prime universe… Ideally the Prime universe Enterprise is destroyed in the process, thus allowing them to stay there. I suppose having changed Kirk in the Prime universe replace the original Kirk would create yet a new timeline though…

      But anyway, merging the timelines might make sense, considering that the new show will probably play in the Prime universe. Paramount and CBS may have decided that working together and sharing one universe is good for business (just look at the DC universe, which is split up into the cinematic part and the TV part, versus the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has everything be intertwined.

      • Desert Runner

        Destroying the Prime universe Enterprise in order to replace it with the Kelvin counterpart is the craziest thing I’v ever heard. As you pointed out, that would make another universe. And I bet CBS won’t allow the whole history of the Prime universe to be worthless.

      • The whole point of creating this alternate timeline was to avoid such a contrived mess of a story and to keep all the proper Trekkies from dying of simultaneous heart attacks.

    • madmadia85

      “reset the timeline”

      *Exasperated sigh since 2009*

  • Shane

    Why would you give the job of writing part 4 to the people who’s script they had to throw out at the last minute with part 3? and why aren’t Paramount seeing how Beyond performs before jumpin the gun surely if Beyond lives up to the reviews you would talk to Pegg and Jung about scripting another 1 first and keeping that team together.

    • Bifash

      Details can change as the movie production develops. Making an anouncement such as this excites fans and readers and gets them to feel confident about the franchise, which will hopefully translate into movie ticket sales for BEYOND.

      • Shane

        I hope so! I don’t want to see it turn into last years Terminator debacle with sequels and a tv series planned before it was released and all which are now dead.

    • The buzz around Beyond is good enough to practically guarantee financial success at this point. It’s not like people will be flocking to Ghostbusters afterall.

      • Shane

        Yeah I hope so all the reviews are good just not sure about announcing a new film before it’s released especially with the original Beyond writers when their script was jettisoned at the last minute it’s like deja vu of three years ago.

  • pittrek

    Please don’t call it Star Trek 4. That was a great movie.

    • cyclotis

      How about: Star Trek Back 4 More

      • Oh gosh, I hope we don’t get something completely schlocky like Star Trek: Resurrection.

  • Bifash

    Jason Inman on Collider Movie Talk just now suggested a spin on the “Yesterday’s Enterprise’ episode with George Kirk and the Kelvin appearing in the Nu Trek timeline, with Jim Kirk tasked with ultimately sending his father back through the time-breach to the destruction of the Narada in order to preserve the future.

  • Brian Gray

    He will play his brother Samuel, or since some of Star Treks most popular episode’s and movies dealt with time travel, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities this movie will also deal with Time Travel… Maybe Shatner will finally get his much over do cameo?!

  • Bifash

    Mantz’s reaction here is just priceless!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORN3thIGL3w

  • CoolGeek

    Suck it Kelvin timeline haters!

    • spooky

      Suck what… the only ones suckling anything are the ones lapping up the mediocrity that is reboot Trek, the last 2 movies were dreadful. Hopefully this third one is decent… the only obvious good thing about it is that JJ is not directing it and most of his cohorts have been removed from being apart of it.

    • kadajawi

      You do realize that 4 may be an attempt to get the Kelvin timeline to merge with the Prime universe, right? Time travel isn’t the only way they could get back George Kirk.

  • Charlie Oakes

    Please God keep Roberto Orci, ALex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof away from the writers room.

    • kadajawi

      I want to see what Orci can do on his own… Kurtzman and Lindelof I have no confidence in, Orci might do something good. After all Into Darkness was a fine Star Trek movie that was derailed at some point and had some terrible ideas, but they seem to be attributed to Kurtzman and Lindelof.

  • Lostrod

    So, they can manage to bring back Hemsworth (who’s character died), but they couldn’t figure out how to bring Mr. Shatner back in the last three movies?

    • Get over it. Bringing Shatner into the film would only come off as an annoying or stupid gimmick. Do you want a repeat of Generations?

      • Tom

        This will be a gimmick as well but it is acceptable because Hemsworth is popular

        • Lostrod

          So is Mr. Shatner – and more relevant to Star Trek than an actor with ten minutes of Star Trek on his resume. I say bring them BOTH back.

      • Lostrod

        Why would bringing back one dead guy less annoying or stupid than bringing back another dead guy (someone who has 59 years of history with Star Trek). Get over yourself.

        • Tom

          i don’t get this either Lostrod. Bringing in Shatner would be awesome

  • Martin Venema

    Mirror universe? Would be interesting!

  • Martin Venema

    Or Hemsworth is playing Q who takes the form of George Kirk!

  • Premonition_45

    I hope they say Chekov’s accepted a new assignment, e.g. as Chief Science Officer on the USS Reliant, and have another TOS character, e.g. Lt. Kyle replacing him.

  • startrekker1701

    Have to say having Kirk’s father in it does very little for me, personally. Just get out there exploring strange new worlds etc.

    • Explore strange new worlds with Kirk’s pop! I feel there is some gold to be mined with getting to know Kirk’s (and crew’s) family. We knew so little about them in TOS aside from a mention here or there. Deep Space Nine was much better in that regard.

  • Bill Jasper

    Funny. People assured me, just a few months ago, that Beyond wasn’t being made. That it was just PR and that Paramount couldn’t wait to cut Bad Robot loose. They had it from good sources.

    Just weird. Or they were lying. Where are these people at?

    • Cabo 5150

      Oh yes, the good old “insiders” with their exclusive scoops!

  • Admiral SnackBar

    No complaints here, but doesn’t it seem odd that they are announcing big casting news and obvious plot point so early in the game? I think it’s great, but we’ve just become so accustomed to the heavy secrecy from Bad Robot over the last 8 or 9 years.

  • ReveurIngenu

    Let me guess the story – Kirk accidentally enters an alternate reality/time rift, leading him and the crew to a reality with George Kirk. There’s this big threat that threatens to destroy both universes/timelines (if not ALL universes/timelines, since we know Hollywood’s tendency to hyperbolize) and the two Kirks have to join each other to thwart the threat and help Kirk and crew get back to their own reality/timeline…

    That’s a pretty big yawn right there…

    • Binyamin Koretz

      And, unsurprisingly, George Kirk must die again!

    • Desert Runner

      Let me guess the story too.
      George Kirk will turn out to be his son’s antagonist. In the mirror universe Jim Kirk meets George Kirk. Jim learns George is a bad guy here, but he hesitates to confront his father. But Jim beats his father anyway or George is purposely beaten by his son at the crucial moment. Afterward, in their own timeline, there will be a scene that Kirk talks to Bones about it or he reminisces his father alone but he cheers up at existence of his Enterprise crew being with him. Another yawny A-to-Z.

      Why ever can’t the reboot team get over Kirk’s growth? They should know it really sucks.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    Strange how J.D. Payne and Patrick McCay, who co-wrote the rejected Bob Orci script, are now at the helm of Star Trek IV

    • Locutus

      I find that news a bit troubling.

  • Tone

    I wonder if this film will undo the reboot. Can’t see any other reason for Kirks dad to be in it otherwise. Maybe some time travel related story, maybe to fix what happened to Vulkan?

    • I think that’s the right way to go. Prime Kirk wouldn’t have allowed Vulcan to remain destroyed. Now…Paramount just needs to announce this fourth movie will feature a subplot about whales…

  • Eutychus

    If there’s a large hadron collider in the 23rd century, anything is possible. George Kirk could be an aftereffect of Cern’s quantum effects on the planet.

  • Igor Marić

    What if these two, Payne and McKay, wrote a scrip that undoes the Kelvin timeline, and it was not discarded because it was bad, but to make a room for one TOS-like spirited story to satisfy the fans and critics, before erasing the Kelvin continuity alltogether in the fourth movie? Maybe that script has just been put to hold… That’s my guess 🙂

    • Desert Runner

      I hope this would be the case 🙂

  • Desert Runner

    In general, people are more interested in the future, not in the past. Bringing back George Kirk is the last thing I’d like to see in the next Star Trek film. Star Trek is not about a single character. And Starship captain is not a hero of Trek franchise. Yet Kelvin timeline has been too much focused on Kirk. I’m tired of the same repeated story of Kirk’s growth. One should not be promoted to the rank of captain until s/he gets ready.
    Hopefully, I’d like to see the story which makes sense by itself even when main characters are not them.

    ps. If the Kelvin timeline Enterprise enters the prime universe, it is another alternate universe, not prime one. Both timeline cannot be merged unless they nullify the Narada incident.

    • I’m quite the opposite, I was more interested in the Kelvin crew and honestly would’ve preferred a film about them to the rebooted Enterprise crew.

      • Desert Runner

        It’s not that pre- or non-Enterprise story doesn’t have appeal. If they are going to make separate films or TV show about the USS Kelvin and its crew, fine.
        But since George Kirk will return as a father of Kirk instead in the reboot movie, I’m sure not a few people will find the story easily predictable and banal.
        The Kelvin timeline must either go foward or be reset.

    • FrostUK

      I agree, there’s been enough focus on Kirk in the first two movies. They bought in Justin Lin because he’s a veteran of ensemble action movies and a fan of the franchise, and ‘Beyond’ has been praised for bringing the characters more in line with their TOS selves and giving the supporting characters more to do.

      This news kind of feels like a step backwards.

  • FrostUK

    I always enjoyed Jack Crusher’s appearences on TNG, whether it was through the holodeck, a flashback or even a vision. Something like that would be pretty cool.

    A flashback could show us more of the Kelvin and maybe more of Captain Richard Robau. An unfinished mission starting with the Kelvin and being continued by the Enterprise would be intruiging. We know the Kelvin was an important ship because it was massive, powerful and its memorial centre was actually a secret section 31 base, so its fair to assume it undertook some very important missions for Starfleet and the UFP.

    Visions? Well, we know when Kirk died in Into Darkness he heard the voices of his parents, so maybe there’s something in that…

    And for holograms, we know from Enterprise that a species called the Xyrillians have advanced holographic technology in Archer’s time.

    If however, they’re going for some kind of convoluted universe-breaking nonsense bringing George Kirk and James Kirk together, I think it’ll be pretty silly. Might be fun at least.

  • Tom

    If this was the original script for Trek 3 then they would have to rewrite Nimoy’s part. That is probably why they are leaving the Shat out too. If they really wanted Kirk Prime they would find a way. I want another movie but if you are going to bring back George Kirk, lets go for it and finally have Shatner. Bring in Bruce Greenwood. Make it epic. Don’t believe JJ bs about impossible to bring in Shatner then bring back Hemsworth. Who says they cant pull Kirk Prime out prior to Generations. It is really insulting to me as a fan that JJ could not find a way in all these years to get Shatner in and then come up with this storyline. I am not a malcontent on the new films. I do enjoy them. Have nothing against JJ and what he has done here as a whole. They do not have to include Shatner. He said he WANTED to include Shatner in the past. This really should have happened already.

  • Lisa Coin

    Glad to hear Anton Yelchin’s Chekov won’t be recast. It’s a nice way to honor him. After all, it’s Anton Yelchin’s Chekov, not some other actor’s Chekov. Rest in peace, Anton. We miss you.

  • James Fraas

    We need John de Lance!

  • Geoffrey McCarthy

    I really hope Hemsworth comes back, Urban of course and definitely Ben Cross as Sarek too. He was great in Trek ’09.

  • Lone Wanderer

    Errr… how is this even possible? I thought George Kirk died when his starship exploded?

    • Greg Price

      Could be any of a lot of things: another time-travel incident, dream sequence, alien imposter/construct/illusion, etc.

  • Rene

    More importantly: we need Justin Lin back as director and Sofia Boutella cast a part of the main crew. Please make Jaylah a regular!!