Star Trek 4 is happening. That news broke around eleven days ago. It was reported by Games Radar, amongst other sources. Consequently, fans will have many questions. SciFiPulse is here to ask what this could mean for the future of big-screen Star Trek . . .
Kelvin Franchise Success
The Kelvin-Timeline movies have been quite successful, in terms of revenue. There’s no reason that Star Trek 4 wouldn’t be, too. That’s always the biggest and most immediate aspect of concern for movie studios. In terms of the fans, there was division. This isn’t unusual for Star Trek. Different people want different things from a Star Trek movie. There were definitely clever ideas, and it was wonderful to see the late and wonderful Leonard Nimoy appear in Star Trek (2009). Something the films do have going for them is big name actors, which matters these days. This, in part, is why the films appealed to those who have never even seen a single Star Trek episode.
Odds and Evens
Star Trek fans will know about the odd and even phenomenon. It applies to the original series movies. Films two, four and six are considered best, and one, three and five sub-standard. If this is true, we’re in for a great movie! It’s been a long time coming, so lets hope that this is the case. Following the pandemic the film industry is very different than before. The last Star Trek film was Star Trek: Beyond (2013), almost ten years ago. Now, to be a really big hit film you need to go up against the might of the Disney corporation . . .
As mentioned, Star Trek 4 will be up against it in terms of box office success. And, it will need to do well to secure the future of Star Trek as a film franchise, too. Although there’s not much known about it, there’s a Star Wars movie scheduled for December 2023, also reported by Games Radar. That’s also the date set out for Star Trek 4! It could be a genius move going against Star Wars, or prove to be a disaster. Certainly, marketing is a massive part of a film’s success, especially in the age of the internet. With the odd exception, Star Trek has never been a big box-office money maker. But the next installment will be pivotal for any planned projects in the future.