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Chris Pine believes Star Trek should be made for the fans – glad someone said it

April 5th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Star Trek star Chris Pine has spoken out about his hatred for the idea that every franchise movie these days needs to aim for breaking a billion dollars or it’s considered a failure.

The actor, who is expected to return as James T Kirk in the fourth Star Trek installment soon, was chatting about how the last Trek was considered a financial failure despite having made around $400 million.

He discusses how, and this seems controversial somehow these days, movie should sometimes be made for the fans [“for the people that love this group of people, that love this story, that love Star Trek.”], for a reasonable budget and with reasonable expectations by the studio.

“Let’s make it for them [the fans]and then,” the star says, “if people want to come to the party, great. But make it for a price and make it, so that if it makes a half-billion dollars, that’s really good.”

This is a very common-sense outlook, I would have thought, but obviously not one shared by studios who inject silly amounts of money into franchises like Trek, dumb down the story and then manage to insult the actual fans and not enamor themselves to general audiences either… perhaps focusing on making a good movie that the fans will like would be more prudent?

It was announced by JJ Abrams a few weeks back at the Paramount Investors Day Presentation on that Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho and Simon Pegg were to return to the Enterprise for their fourth space adventure: “We are thrilled to say that we are hard at work on a new ‘Star Trek’ film that will be shooting by the end of the year that will be featuring our original cast and some new characters that I think are going to be really fun and exciting and help take ‘Star Trek’ into areas that you’ve just never seen before. We’re thrilled about this film, we have a bunch of other stories that we’re talking about that we think will be really exciting, so can’t wait for you to see what we’re cooking up. But until then, live long and prosper.”

If other rumours are to be believed, it seems that they made the announcement without approaching the case first… but we’re sure it’ll be fine. This has been an off and on again project for a number of years but we never doubted we’d see the gang back on the big screen… let’s hope it’s real this time.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….