On Screen: Star Trek 4 the big pay raise

The Hollywood reporter is reporting that “Sources say Chris Pine has scored about $6 million as he and Zachary Quinto have granted an option for a fourth installment of the rebooted franchise as Paramount renegotiated their deals.” With production about to begin on Star Trek 3 or what might be known as Star Trek Beyond it would seem that Paramount has contracted with both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto for an optional fourth movie in the Star trek franchise.

“Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount and producer-financier Skydance Entertainment recently completed last-minute re-negotiations with the Star Trek stars, a move that has added as much as $10 million-$15 million to the budget. The project’s slow development process may have been partly to blame, as well as the rising star power of the actors, especially Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana.”

“When the original cast — Pine, Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho— signed on for the movie that re-launched the franchise in 2009, they did so with options for two sequels. Despite the fact that studios often will give stars big new deals in case of success, no re-negotiations took place for 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Instead, the Trek cast is said to have received only the nominal raises built into their original contracts. According to sources, Paramount argued that the J.J. Abrams-directed 2009 movie, while well-received, was not a huge blockbuster, grossing $385.7 million (a relative pittance compared to Paramount’s billion-dollar Transformers series or even its Mission: Impossible movies).”


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