After a five year break following 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, Paramount looks to be once again refocusing their attention on a new Star Trek movie. There were a few previous attempts to put together a movie under different creative teams, but now the studio has reportedly landed a new director for the next installment. That director is none other than WandaVision helmer Matt Shakman. (Whether it is a coincidence that this announcement came on the same day that WandaVision was nominated for 23 Emmys remains to be seen.) We are hearing that the movie will bring back Chris Pine and the rest of the cast, although deals are not yet in place. Hit the jump for more details.
According to Deadline, Matt Shakman has signed on to direct the next untitled Star Trek film for Paramount and Bad Robot. The script is being written by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel, Tomb Raider) and it sounds like it is not an iteration on the script from Kalinda Vazquez that was announced a few months ago. Previously Noah Hawley (Fargo) was developing his own Star Trek movie and Mark L. Smith also wrote a separate script based on a story idea by Quentin Tarantino.
Clearly Paramount has had trouble figuring out where to go next with this franchise and they have been keeping fans occupied with the various Star Trek shows on CBS All Access / Paramount+. Whether Shakman can finally cut through the studio indecision remains to be seen, but he reportedly chose Star Trek over several other big screen offers. This will be his feature directorial debut after working on such TV shows as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Good Wife and The Great. Are you still excited for a new Star Trek movie?