There is little doubt that Star Trek is a major franchise with millions of fans around the world. So can its theatrical films make as much as comic book movies? Simon Pegg has just admitted that he believes the Star Trek films can't compete with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Pegg recently spoke to GamesRadar to promote his new film Lost Transmissions. Interestingly, the Shaun of the Dead actor confessed that he's still unsure about the future of the Star Trek movies since he has not yet been asked to return in the planned Noah Hawley film. Pegg then pointed out that the franchise's movies are not as successful as MCU flicks.
"The fact is, Star Trek movies don't make Marvel money," Pegg said. "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."
We're not sure about those numbers but we believe that the Star Trek movies have all the potential to become billion-dollar blockbusters. After all, the franchise has awesome characters whose stories still need to be told. In addition to that, there are millions of Trekkies out there who could come in droves when the next film is dropped. Needless to say, we're hoping that Star Trek 4 will prove Pegg wrong.
The premise of Star Trek 4 has not yet been confirmed. However, Hawley has hinted at the next film being a reboot that may not include the cast from J.J. Abrams' trilogy. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.