Star Trek 3, likely to be called Star Trek Beyond, starts production this week aimed at its July 8, 2016 release date. But before that film is even a few days old, Paramount is already setting the table for part four.

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock respectively, have reportedly each signed big new contracts that include an option for a fourth movie. It’s all quite technical, but the basically when all the actors signed for the 2009, J.J. Abrams-directed original, they had options for two sequels. Things went okay with the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness but now over seven years have passed since signing those original deals and the actors believed they were worth more now. Agents, managers and studio heads all get involved and everyone got raises (some got big raises). But Paramount has definitely locked in at least Pine and Quinto for part four, making sure the series’ nucleus is intact, assuming director Justin Lin makes a hit with this third part of the new series.

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I guess it remains to be seen how long this Kirk and Spock will live, but at least we know they‚Äôve both got the ‚Äúpropering‚ÄĚ part down. Good for them and good for fans.

[The Hollywood Reporter]