Karl Urban Says He’d Be Satisfied If ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Was Final Kelvin Timeline Film

We may never see the fourth installment of J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek film franchise. And if that’s the case, Karl Urban would be ok with that.

Urban, along with more than 100 other Star Trek celebrities appeared at Creation Entertainment’s annual Star Trek Las Vegas convention last weekend. While on stage, the actor who played Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Kelvin Timeline trilogy, said there’s a “genuine desire” to continue and do a fourth film. However, if 2016’s Star Trek Beyond does, in fact, turn out to be the culmination of the series, he said he’d be very satisfied going out on that note.

Star Trek 4 was officially announced by Paramount last July. Since then, very little has been discussed and even the actors, including Karl Urban, have yet to be notified.

Urban and moderator Scott Mantz at STLV
Urban and moderator Scott Mantz at STLV

The 45-year-old actor told moderator Scott Mantz and the Las Vegas audience that Beyond was the most enjoyable of the three films to work on. “We were like family” Urban said of his Star Trek castmates Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin and Simon Pegg.

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Wanting to honor DeForest Kelley

Urban also reiterated that he grew up watching Star Trek and wanted to honor DeForest Kelley, the original McCoy, with his interpretation of the character. Urban revealed that his portrayal of McCoy brought Star Trek‘s original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, to tears the first time he saw him play the character in Star Trek (2009).

Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond
Karl Urban in Star Trek Beyond (photo credit: Paramount Pictures)

Urban almost didn’t return for Star Trek Beyond

Urban credited Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin as one of the driving forces and reasons he returned for a third film, saying “I was a little disappointed with the lack of development with McCoy [in Star Trek Into Darkness]” and while he enjoyed working on the first two films “I didn’t have much to do.”

Anton Yelchin’s death

He went on to talk about promoting Star Trek Beyond, following Anton Yelchin’s death, just weeks prior to its release. It was “the toughest thing we ever had to do” Urban said.

“Anton was such a beautiful man. He’s irreplaceable.”

Will we see a fourth Star Trek Kelvin Timeline film? Maybe one with Chris Hemsworth returning as George Kirk? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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  • JB

    Good. I’d rather see him as Dredd than having to suffer another life event best described as contractual waterboarding.

  • David Zane Taylor

    Well, I have to say that I’ve never really be a fan of the Kelvin but if that’s what keeps the movies going– so be it. If I was in charge (lol) I’d take the actors, take them back to the beginning of the trilogy and do another fracture of the timeline and put them in a third timeline. There’s just too much that’s too weird for me in this time line. The “apple store’ bridge, Spock and Uhura a couple, building the ships on earth and launching them. Just too weird. Tone down the look and feel from the bright lights and lens flares and too much ‘earth bound’ story line. This series of films really has none of the heart of the TOS and even TNG movies.

  • Markus McLaughlin

    I like to see the 4th be the last, and THEN afterwards, a TNG rebooted series of films; with new actors playing the familiar Enterprise-D characters! 😀

    • Jackson Donley

      gag

  • ZOD

    I realize that I’m in the minority, but I’ve enjoyed the energy & artistry that these films brought to what had become a awfully formulaic franchise. I thought that the first and third films set in this timeline were well made. Hell, the 2009 film makes my top 3 favorite Trek films. Anyway, I’d like to see their story play out. While I’m hoping for stuff that probably won’t happen — I’d also like to see the new TV series strike an entirely different tone. Something closer to TNG, but with the bravado of the original series.

    • Dansen

      why you think you are the minority? The first movies were very successful and these movies have a lot of fans and appraisal from critics. You aren’t part of the minority.

  • ButtonShoes

    The two good things that came out of the Kelvin Timeline were Zachary Quinto as Spock and Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy. And please, put the Kelvin Timeline to rest. Send it to Gre’Thor where it belongs.

  • Dansen

    no offense Karl, but when your ‘favorite movie’ – where they did what you wanted and you got more screentime at the expense of the leading lady who is a bigger star than you, let’s be honest – is a flop and the reason why they maybe canceled a fourth movie that was already announced, maybe you should ask yourself some questions and revalue your perspective of how a modern reboot should better mix and balance the nostalgia factor to appeal a modern audience who doesn’t share your fondness for the old thing and old version of the characters because maybe they hadn’t even watched the old thing.

    I don’t think that reboot fans, who liked the first movies and made them so successful, are to be ‘happy’ if Beyond is the last one just because you liked it and you got what you want. That seems really selfish and self centered.

  • Woody20164

    I’ve been torn over this new timeline. I think the actors are excellent at portraying the characters as we remember them in TOS, and were quite enjoyable. However, if you’re going to make a prequel, you have to bring them up to where they were, not some different place. While the entry of the Romulan through the black hole could account for a different Kirk, time travel would not necessarily affect the others. Uhura-Spock romance? Give me a break. Vulcans still only get the seven-year itch. Sulu homosexual? Was that necessary?
    Next, Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan? I mean, Ricardo Montalban was a stretch, but at least he was reasonable brown. A whitey white dude hardly passes for Indian. I’m surprised the social justice warriors weren’t up in arms like they (incorrectly) were about Sofia Boutella playing The Mummy.
    I enjoy them for what they are, but they aren’t a prequel.

    • Alice

      You’re right, it’s not a prequel but an alternate universe/timeline. The characters are different theoretically because they have had different experiences, though I agree that the way the characters changed wasn’t as well done as it could have been.
      (also, complaining about Sulu being “homosexual” does nothing but out yourself as a homophobe just fyi)

    • Dansen

      It isn’t a prequel and can’t really be because the characters are in another reality so you aren’t really seeing the origin story of the original characters, more like the origin story of this version of them.

      Uhm…vulcans do not mate only once every 7 years…(seriously??)
      spock/uhura honestly is the most canon thing of the reboot if you watch the first episodes and read some of the stuff tptb said. It works brilliantly.
      I think the advantage of a modern trek is that writers can do things they couldn’t do back then (and not because Roddenberry didn’t want to e.g he wanted s/u) so you can have an interracial couple and a gay character now, and if you are so pissed by this you maybe like trek for the wrong reasons.