"Star Trek" has become one of the most beloved film and tv series of modern entertainment since the late 60s. The original series aired in 1966 and has spawned multiple TV series, movies, books, comics and even an animated adventure. Digital Spy has confirmed JJ Abrams is working on a fourth movie for the Star Trek series.

"Star Trek" got a reboot in 2009. Now the time has come for the fourth film in JJ Abrams' Star Trek franchise. There's also a fifth movie being suggested, the possible Quentin Tarantino R-rated version.

Star Trek sequel is still a planned project

While the film is still in its planning stages, it has failed to secure both Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine, who play father and son.

Paramount is still attempting to negotiate with the two stars. This new film was supposed to be another time-traveling adventure that featured Captain James T. Kirk teaming up with his deceased father. Now that pay negotiations failed, it's unclear whether that will actually happen now.

Paramount has not said who the bad guys will be but co-star Simon Pegg has suggested it's too early for them to use the Borg. He said the ship has only begun their journey, so it's too early for them to discover that particular "hornet's nest."

Pay negotiations are failing

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth have walked away from the negotiating table to appear in the blockbuster, because Paramount was asking them to take pay cuts. It's important to remember that "Star Trek: Beyond" was the worst performing film in the series, even with its $343.5 million haul.

Producers were waiting to secure deals with Pine and Hemsworth before cutting deals with co-stars Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg. Currently, there is no cast tied to the potential film. A new actress was expected to be added to the film. Danai Gurira was expected to take a key role in the fourth film.

If the studio is not able to reach a deal with Pine and Hemsworth, they could potentially recast Kirk and his father. No matter what happens, Paramount and Skydance are making this film a priority and will not be put on hold.

For the first time ever in franchise history, a female is helming the director seat. S.J. Clarkson has been named as director for "Star Trek." Clarkson has a strong track record, being responsible for a series of shows on both U.S. and UK television including "Life on Mars," "Heroes," "Dexter," "Jessica Jones," and "The Defenders."