The old expression goes that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Really, there are a few more certainties than that, but if we were to amend the old axiom, it would be with something a bit more modern. Instead let us say that there are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and never ending Hollywood franchises. Although Star Trek Beyond is still a couple of months away from being released, and despite the fact there’s only been one (controversial) trailer released so far, Paramount Pictures is already thinking about the follow-up.
According to Trek Movie, Paramount has registered the title Star Trek 4 with the Motion Picture Association of America, which is not to be confused with Star Trek IV, the 1986 movie subtitled The Voyage Home. It suggests that Paramount is already making plans for another go at Star Trek beyond Beyond. That may or may not be an indictment on the quality of the forthcoming sequel, because even if that movie isn’t a success, it will likely still mean that another Star Trek movie would be in the offing because they aren’t going to let the IP go to waste. Plus, they’ve already gone to the trouble of securing Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto for a fourth movie.
Now having said all that, things have certainly been tense on the Trek front since the first trailer came out late last year, as the Beastie Boys soundtrack rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. Paramount’s been loosening its grip on the promotional reins in the last couple of weeks with lots of new photos and a new trailer expected to arrive in a few weeks time, so perhaps there’s some faith in the work of director Justin Lin at the studio level. As always, the audience will be the final judge.
Star Trek Beyond is in theaters everywhere on July 22.