Before Paramount's most recent attempt at a follow-up to Star Trek Beyond there was a “Star Trek 4” project being developed that would bring back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk. That project was close to production including having a director, but fell apart in 2018 due to salary negotiations with Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine. Now the writers of that original planned Beyond sequel are revealing details about their movie The writing duo of J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are currently the showrunners for another big genre franchise: Amazon's ambitious The Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power . Their Trek script from 2016 would have seen James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) reunited with his long assumed dead father George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth). They recently spoke to Esquire about their careers, Rings of Power , and of course Star Trek came up. The writing duo shared a few details about that script for the first time. JD Payne and Patrick McKay at The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power world premiere in London. Like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in space Patrick McKay: The conceit was that through a cosmic quirk in the Star Trek world, [Pine and Hemsworth's characters] were the same age. It was going to be a grand father-son space adventure—think Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in space. We were really thrilled about it. We had an original villain and a really cool 2001: A Space Odyssey -esque sci-fi idea at the […]
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