Star Trek’s Chris Pine gets a huge raise and signs on for fourth film

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Star Trek Beyond is starting production this week in Vancouver, and it looks like we’re going to see more of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock, respectively, in a fourth film. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources, Paramount, Quinto and Pine have renegotiated the movie deals and an option for the fourth film. Pine will be getting $6 million for the third film.

Pine, Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho have signed a deal with the option for two sequels when they first did 2009’s Star Trek. It’s said that a studio would change the deal with more money if the project succeeds. However, there was no new deal when Star Trek Into Darkness came out. Why is that? The site reports that the first “reboot” movie wasn’t a huge hit, since it only made $387.7 million. That’s apparently nothing if we’re comparing it to Paramount’s hot series, Transformers.

Star Trek Beyond has had some changes to its production. Robert Orci was originally supposed to direct the movie from a script he wrote. Pegg and Doug Jung then took over to write a new script in January, and now we have Justin Lin (Fast Five, Better Luck Tomorrow) attached as the director. The delay in production definitely was in the actors’ favors.

Paramount was trying to stick with the nominal raises from the original contracts, but according to the stars and the representatives, the 2007 contract was outdated. A person cannot be held accountable to a personal services contract for more than seven years under a law in California, making the contract illogical as of 2014. Paramount argued against that, and both parties didn’t want to go to court yet over the issue.

Now the negotiations have been concluded, and Pine came out big. He made $600,000 for the first film and $1.5 million for Into Darkness. He was supposed to get $3 million for Star Trek Beyond, but now he’s getting double that. Sweet!

As for Paramount, it now has an option for Pine and Quinto for the fourth film.

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