Actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto (James T. Kirk & Spock) are set to receive a raise for the third installment of the J.J. Abrams led Star Trek, which started production in Vancouver this week. The original cast, including: Pine, Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin and John Cho, they signed on for the original movie, with options for two sequels.
Normally, after a fist movie, the studio heads right into negotiations for sequels, but Paramount argued that the original movie, while well received, was not a huge success. I guess $385.7 million isn’t enough to ensure raises for anyone. After Star Trek: Into Darkness garnered $467 million, they were happy to return for a third installment in the series. The delays in the writing and creative process took over a year, which made it around (or over) 7 years since the original deals (2007) were secured for the actors. Under California law, a personal services contract cannot bind someone for more than seven years. That meant the old deals arguably were invalid as of 2014. Making things a little harder, Pine has gone to headline movies, including Paramount’s own Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, while Saldana is now part of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. So Paramount made some concessions and gave everyone nominal raises as well as performance bonuses and incentives. Pine and Quinto made concessions for the studio as well, as they were announced to have given the studio options for the fourth installment in the series, if it is to continue.