power rings showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay open up about their scrapping star trek 4 script for the first time. Before Amazon hired Payne and McKay as showrunners for the Lord of the Rings streaming series, Payne and McKay wrote a script for star trek 4 it would have reunited Captain James T. Kirk, played by Chris Pine, with his father, George Kirk. Chris Hemsworth played George in the opening moments of the 2009 Star Trek reboot film and would have returned to the role of star trek 4. However, the film fell apart during contract negotiations, and Paramount dropped Payne and McKay’s script.
“I’d love to tell you about it,” McKay said. Squire. “We worked on a few Star Trek movies. The one you’re talking about would have been the fourth in the franchise, reuniting Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine. The conceit was that, thanks to some cosmic quirk in the world of Star Trek, they were du same age. It was going to be a great father-son space adventure. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade in the space. We were really happy about it.”
McKay said the film had a “2001: A Space Odyssey-esque sci-fi idea at heart” and would have introduced an all-new villain. “We worked on it for two and a half years with Lindsey Weber, our non-writer executive producer on rings of power, and an amazing director, SJ Clarkson,” he says. “The film ultimately fell apart and it was really heartbreaking for us…we would have loved to make this film. I want to spoil an exciting part of it: how they end up together. Can we do this, JD?”
Payne chimed in to say, “There’s an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called “Relics” where they find Scotty, who has been trapped in a transporter for a few decades, and they can have a cool adventure with him. Our conceit was, ‘What if just before the Kelvin hit that huge mining ship, George Kirk had tried to teleport to his wife’s shuttle where his son, Jim Kirk, had just been born? What if the ship hadn’t completely exploded, and if it had left space junk? »
“Think about when you send a text message and you typed it, but you didn’t quite hit send,” he continued. “On the other side, they see these three little dots that someone tapped. It’s as if the transporter had absorbed their pattern into the pattern pad, but hadn’t spit it out the other side. It was actually a saved copy of him that was on the computer.”
Finally, McKay said, “So the adventure is that Chris Pine and the crew of the Company must search for the wreckage of the ship his father died on due to a mystery and a new villain. In the ship, they come across the model of his father. They teleport him away and he has no idea that no time has passed and he is looking at his son. Then the adventure starts from there.”
After dropping Payne and McKay’s version of the film, Paramount moved on to film ideas from Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino, but none came to fruition. More recently, Wanda VisionMatt Shakman was to direct a new version of star trek 4. He dropped plans to return to Marvel Studios and direct The Fantastic Fourleading Paramount to remove Star Trek 4 from its schedule.