Paramount loses bargaining leverage as cast reportedly shocked by announcement

After a successful restart of the franchise, Primordial been trying for years to get a fourth”star trek” movie together. Previous incarnations attempted to bring back the cast led by Chris Pine like James T. Kirk and hoped to use time travel vanities to include Chris Hemsworthwho plays Kirk’s father, seen in the original “Star Trek” reboot in 2009 by JJ Abrams. Salary talks broke down with cast—”Star Trek Beyond” was not a financial success, and the studio had to maintain a hard line on costs– and the studio tried to consider other “Star Trek” films, including one from Quentin Tarantino and screenwriter Mark L. Smith (“The ghost”), and another from Noah Hawkley.

Now things have changed and Paramount seems to have inadvertently put themselves in the same position and at an even greater disadvantage. Last week at Paramount’s big Investor Day event, the studio announced plans to shoot “star trek 4” by the end of 2022 with the return of the original cast, Pine et al. But a major problem. The announcement was apparently premature on the part of Paramount. The Hollywood Reporter revealed that agents representing Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldañaand John Cho were just as surprised as fans that their patrons would return for a fourth film as no talks had resumed and no deal was in place.

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According to THR, sources say the sci-fi adventure movie hasn’t been greenlit yet and a budget isn’t even in place. Two key things that need to be completed before production dates, prep and scheduling can begin, a clear sign that the next movie isn’t a safe bet just yet. In other words, Paramount’s announcement was supposed to act as a big flex for Wall Street investors, but no deal and no real plan is in place. This means Paramount has lost all leverage with cast agents, and those agents can now easily scam the studio which has already announced that a fourth film is coming with their talent involved. Talk about the left hand not talking to the right hand and Paramount giving a damn financially (studios never learn from situations that are only a few years old, obviously).

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A script is still in development, and “WandaVision” director Matt Shakman is attached to helm. Paramount still hopes to have a film finished by December 22, 2023, but if every casting agent decides to take advantage of this unforced error, isn’t it the same situation, where the budget has blown, actors’ salaries take racks up most of it, and Paramount is either forced to can the movie, or swallow its pride and go ahead regardless, knowing they’ve already announced it to the world?

Given how obvious a strategic mistake this is, even you or I can see how this cart before the horse tactic will totally backfire, doesn’t it make one wonder what’s going on at Paramount and how in God’s name are they going to have a successful “Star Trek 4”? Stay tuned to this space as this likely isn’t the last we’ll hear about the situation before the movie actually gets greenlit.