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JJ Abrams is already teasing an "incredibly exciting" Star Trek 4

Star Trek Beyond (opens in new tab) is exactly one week away from its cinematic debut, and the early word on the film has been very positive (opens in new tab). If audiences agree with the critics then it could mean that the threequel won't be the last time this iteration of Kirk and co explore the galaxy, and at the end of the LA press conference for the film (via Den of Geek (opens in new tab)) producer JJ Abrams revealed that there's already been talk about a fourth film internally:

"Yes, and there’s something that hopefully we’re figurative minutes away from talking about. But the answer is 100 percent yes, and it’s incredibly exciting".

Abrams' comment speaks to the confidence Paramount have in the film, and it sounds like Star Trek 4 will come down to how much money Star Trek Beyond makes. Should it come to pass, it'll be interesting to see what happens personnel-wise; Abrams is clearly still very invested and involved in the franchise so a return to the helm wouldn't be out of the question, and the filmmakers would also have to make a decision about what to do with Chekov after the tragic passing of Anton Yelchin. For now though, all we can do is wait and see how Star Trek Beyond performs at the box office. 

Directed by Justin Lin and starring Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Anton Yelchin, Star Trek Beyond warps into UK and US cinemas on July 22, 2016.

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Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.