Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth were dropped out of Star Trek 4 over contract negotiations, and we didn’t hear anything about the movie since… until now.
According to Deadline, the project has been shelved by the studio, and its director is moving on to other projects, like the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel series. This is what the report said:
I hear Clarkson was recruited by HBO for GOT after she recently became available. Earlier this year, Clarkson was the first female director to be tapped to direct a Star Trek movie when she was hired to helm the fourth feature in the current series. That project has since been shelved.
Paramount Pictures would rather can the project instead of try to make things work with Pine and Hemsworth.
Pine and Hemsworth were supposed to reprise their roles as Captain James T. Kirk and his father George Kirk, respectively, and the story would center around the two coming together somehow and leaving on an adventure. Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and John Cho (Sulu) will certainly all be included in the story as well.
There’s no final reason given as to why the film was abandoned, but I think the studio just didn’t know how to move ahead with the franchise without Pine and Hemsworth.