If you’re waiting on a new Star Trek movie, Simon Pegg has given an update, and it’s not exactly encouraging.
Pegg – who’s played the Enterprise’s beloved engineer Scotty since 2009 – suggested that the franchise simply isn’t profitable enough to remain a priority for Marvel.
“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money,” Pegg told GamesRadar+. “They make maybe $500m at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200m. You have to make three times that to make a profit.”
The most recent movie, 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, actually made just $343 million at the global box office – despite benefiting from the presence of Idris Elba as its main villain. It also featured a posthumous appearance from Anton Yelchin, who played the Enterprise’s main navigator, Pavel Chekov, and sadly passed away in June of that year.
“I don’t feel like the last one… They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary,” Pegg added. “The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film. And we’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know.”
Still, Pegg fans will be reassured to know that his other big movie franchise, Mission: Impossible, is still going strong with its seventh installment due in 2021. Whet your appetite by watching Pegg and co-star Tom Cruise promote the last Mission: Impossible movie on The Graham Norton Show in 2018.
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