The same way that we often think of the world being made up of four elements (earth, fire, wind, and water), Hollywood is made up of four Chrises: Pratt, Evans, Hemsworth, and Pine. While all four have played prominent roles in Marvel and DC films, the latter two, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine, have also been big players in the J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Trek reboot. But that may no longer be the case, according to a report from THR.
THR says that both Pine and Hemsworth have walked away from negotiations with Paramount Pictures, citing money as the driver behind the decision. Pine and Hemsworth are Chrises, and they deserve Chris-level money. Paramount countered that, saying that Star Trek movies don’t make bank like superhero flicks and that pay should scale to match. THR‘s sources say that both actors have deals in place that the studio is going back on.
A quick peek at BoxOfficeMojo shows that Paramount ain’t lying. Two of the three Star Trek movies ended up below $400 million worldwide, Star Trek: Into Darkness made it up past $467 million. Only Captain America: The First Avenger and The Incredible Hulk failed to pass that marker when comparing to the MCU.
The movie, which seems to have been planned to be a time travel adventure that would have Pine’s James T. Kirk traveling back in time to meet Hemsworth as his dad, George Kirk.
The Star Trek movies have been pretty big for Paramount regardless, so it wouldn’t be terribly surprising to see them pull the Chrises back. But to Paramount I submit this: There are two other Chrises you could be courting right now. Think about it.