Zachary Quinto: There’s ‘No Guarantee’ of Star Trek 4

Zachary Quinto, who has now played Spock in the three ‘Kelvin Timeline’ Star Trek films, discussed the possibility of a fourth installment during an interview on the Today show.

Promoting his new independent film Aardvark, Quinto spoke to the hosts about doing another Star Trek film, saying that while a script is currently being worked on, there was ‘no guarantee’ of a fourth installment to the rebooted franchise.

I don’t know… I know that they are working on a script for another one and we’ll see how that all plays out, but the nice thing about that experience is that the time in between those big tentpole films allows us to go off and cultivate a lot of different creative experiences for ourselves — being back on stage, doing independent films… I’m hopeful that we’ll do another one, but there’s no guarantee.

The first ‘Kelvin Timeline’ (before it was even ever called that) film, simply entitled Star Trek, debuted in May of 2009 and was directed by J.J. Abrams. That film went on to make 385.7 million domestically at the box office and would spawn two sequels — 2012’s Star Trek Into Darkness and 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

Karl Urban as McCoy and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Beyond
Karl Urban as McCoy and Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek Beyond | Photo: Paramount Pictures

In those films Quinto starred alongside Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho.

The doubt of the continuation of the rebooted franchise grew, when Star Trek Beyond missed the box office projections that Paramount was hoping for. However, last July, a fourth film was officially announced by the studio. Producer J.J. Abrams even said he had discussed the return of Chris Hemsworth to the role of James T. Kirk’s father George, with the Thor star.

You can watch Quinto’s appearance on Today, embedded below.

Do you think a fourth ‘Kelvin Timeline’ film will happen? Should it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • If there is a fourth they had better make sure they honor Chekov in the best way possible. No replacements, but his presence should be felt in their memories, conversations, etc. His chair is empty, and that should be noted.

  • Daniel Taylor

    No. Since the 2009 movie the quality has gone down each time and devolved into 2 Trek 2 Furious. No thanks on another one if they are going to keep with the same trend. If they are going to start over and make Star Trek again then great do that and until then stop making Star Wars rip off/Fast and the Furious rip off/Guardians of the Galaxy rip off movies and even sad attempts on a classic Trek film and make good Star Trek again. 2009 deviated from what we knew but at least it was good. Into Darkness and Beyond were dribble.

    • jamesestrom

      It depends on how well the new TV series does.

  • I’ve enjoyed the new movies. I was younger when the other movies were out. I came to the franchise later in life after Netflix suddenly made the shows all available. It made me a total Trekkie. Now 35yrs old, I was stoked to see the franchise get some new stories, with newer graphics, faster paced plots, etc. I’ve loved each of the new Trek movies, and enjoyed watching the original trio come back to life (although they really need to get Bones in there much more, imo). I would definitely watch a 4th installment.

  • Arron Ratcliff

    I swear he looks like a young Tom Selleck clone in this clip. I’d love to see Zachary in a Magnum P.I remake.Any way back on to the topic. What are they going to copy next Undiscovered Country and Generations? cause thats all the two squeals have been poorly disguised remakes.I loved 09’s Star Trek i hated the follow ups they stunk. they were nothing more then summer pop corn action movies.Sure they made money but thats what summer pop corn action movies do.

  • Emaya Shannon

    what about Chekov character what r they doing about him.

  • Henry Mitchell

    Have Lt.saavik replace chekov.

  • Luna Embers

    It took all the ‘mental will’ I had to see Star Trek 2009. Although the alternate timeline was…interesting, it wasn’t enough to keep this diehard TOS/TNG fan to return for the subsequent JJ-verse offerings. I waited until they came online for viewing, and I’m glad I did. They were just AWFUL!! The second one was a cheesy copy of ST:TWOK and the third one was just Fast & Furious in space. A fourth iteration of this ‘reboot’, I won’t be interested in. It would seem that CBS/Paramount has lost their way on Gene Roddenberry’s original vision of what Star Trek is.

  • M.

    The first movie was great because it was bold and new, with JJ taking risks with the characters ( especially the kirk/uhura/spock dynamic ) which ultimately worked brilliantly for the audience and made it a success and created a new fandom. Into darkness was still good as a movie, but less the sequel people were maybe expecting because it unfortunately started to feel like the creative team fell in the trap of trying to please old fans who didn’t like the new using the old nostalgia trick, and it backfired. Instead of fixing that, Beyond did even worse ( and it backfired, again) and it doesn’t even look like a sequel of the other two. It makes no sense to make a reboot of the reboot when you already have an audience who liked the first movies and really wants to see the third build on what was done previously. Those who complain that this isn’t like the old thing can quietly take their dvds out and watch them again to their heart’s content.

  • OldTrekkie

    I am not suprises, star trek 2 and especially 3 was totally crap so better dont do next star trek if you cant do good movie .