Star Trek 4 Gets a Director, Will Not Involve Quentin Tarantino


It appears that reports of a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie may have been slightly exaggerated. We heard late last year that Tarantino had pitched the idea of an R-rated Star Trek sequel to J.J. Abrams and that The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith had been hired to write the screenplay with Tarantino possibly considering taking the director’s chair himself. However, this week Paramount has announced that they are moving forward with a different plan for a fourth film in the series. The interesting twist is that they have reportedly hired the franchise’s first female director to helm it. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to Variety, S.J. Clarkson will direct Star Trek 4 for Paramount based on a script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond). Clarkson is a veteran TV director who has directed episodes of such shows as Life on Mars, Heroes, Dexter and Marvel’s The Defenders over the years. This will be her feature film debut.

The story will involve a previously announced time travel storyline that sees Kirk crossing paths with his father (played by Chris Hemsworth). As for the Tarantino project, sources say that it has not been scrapped and remains in development even though it won’t be the next installment. I guess that is good news, although it may be hard for fans to get excited about something else now that Tarantino’s involvement has been hinted at. Are you still looking forward to Star Trek 4?

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  • Reed Farrington


  • Lior

    Paramount executive #1: “Nobody cares about these movies anymore! What to do? The Tarantino bubble totally deflated on us.”
    Paramount executive #2: “Let’s just get a female director.”
    Paramount executive #1: “Brilliant! We got a headline!”
    Paramount executive #2: “You’re welcome.”

  • Loren

    If Tarantino directs Star Trek 5.. it will possibly be your favorite in both Series! What’s your favorite in the Next Genetation series? Oh happen to know the filmjunk discord link?

  • Reed Farrington

    I’ve pretty much loved everything Tarantino has done except for Death Proof and the CSI episode he directed. I don’t really like any of the Next Gen movies. Not even First Contact. I don’t know what the Film Junk discord link is.

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  • Loren

    Thanks Sean!

  • Loren

    If you would do a Next Gen Premium Podcast I’m curious your views on the series.. would be good to hear some healthy criticism :)

  • Lori Cerny

    I’m down for ANY Trek, whether it be good, bad, or ugly – as long as they retain the current cast. Speaking of, who are they replacing Anton Yelchin with?

  • 1138sw

    Ummm I love Trek as much as SW but unfortunately the latest batch of work from both franchises haven’t really done much for me with “Discovery” and “Rogue One” being the exceptions. So my excitement really isn’t there for a fourth Trek. I’ll see it but probably not in the theater.

    What would really excite me would be seeing JJ leave the ST (and SW) franchises altogether…then I’d be excited for something really new and fresh! But alas that is not to be.