Am I being dumb here or does it seem like the obvious answer to the stalemate is just recast George Kirk? I can understand how Paramount would want a movie with Chris Hemsworth headlining it. When he was cast as George, it was before the Thor and Avengers movies really took off and his star started to fly. Having a name like that on the poster would be a major drawcard. But, as far as I can see, Paramount doesn't want to spend the $'s because they got burnt by Beyond's box office return. Unfortunately for them, at this stage in his career Hemsworth doesn't come cheap. And the regular cast are all entitled to increasing salaries too. So, either they bite the bullet and admit they need to recast -- as much as they would prefer not to -- in order to get another movie out there sooner. Or else they pay megabucks for a movie on the bet that Hemsworth's name will be enough to draw the punters through the door. It feels like this Tarantino movie has given them a third safe option which is let both movies simmer and see which one happens, but the risk of that is that both of them end up being in development hell, as there is no single focus at Paramount pushing for another movie anymore, it could be a decade before the movie franchise sees another instalment. Thoughts?