A fourth Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and the rest of the latest generation crew of the USS Enterprise has been in development since the last movie, Star Trek Beyond, premiered in cinemas. But that was in 2016, and now six years later, the film seems no closer to arriving than it was then.
This week the project lost another director. Earlier this year, Paramount hired Matt Shakmanbest known as the director of Marvel’s WandaVision, to lead the project. But now Shakman is the guy Marvel wants to direct them Fantastic four movie, and unless he has a double of himself from the Mirror Universe hanging around, he can’t be in two places at once. Meaning Star Trek goes back to the drawing board to look for a new filmmaker to take command of the Enterprise for Star Trek 4.
Here was Paramount’s statement on the news (via Deadline)
Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we regret that the timing was not right for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek movie. We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision for this next chapter, and look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.
This is at least the fourth different version of Star Trek 4 to fall apart during the development phase. The first version, announced when Star Trek Beyond was still released, would have involved time travel and seen Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as Captain Kirk’s father from 2009’s Star Trek. Then Quentin Tarantino flirted with the project for months and months, working on a script with The recurring one‘s Mark L. Smith. After they left the film, Noah Hawley came in for a while and worked on his own Star Trek.
After Hawley was bailed, Shakman entered. But now Shakman is gone too. Who’s next? Safe anyone out there want to make one Star Trek movie!