‘Star Trek’: New Film Moving Forward With ‘WandaVision’ Director Matt Shakman
The Star Trek film series is once again moving forward, which will be helmed by WandaVision director Matt Shakman.
Deadline reports that Shakman has signed the deal to direct a Star Trek movie for Paramount Pictures. J. J. Abrams will once again produce via Bad Robot, despite his company’s commitment to Warner Bros. and HBO. Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson have completed a script for the film and the production will begin next Spring.
The Star Trek reboot series, referred to as the Kelvin Timeline, is both a reimagining and a sequel to the original television shows and films. The point of divergence began in the 2009 movie, which happened when Spock and a rogue group of Romulans travelled back in time, changing the course of history in a parallel reality while the original timeline proceeded without them, with the changes being showcased in Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond. While all three films in the series have been met with critical acclaim, the third film unfortunately underperformed at the box office, leaving the Kelvin Timeline’s future in question while Paramount and CBS developed a variety of Star Trek spin-offs. However, fans can rest easy knowing that franchise will once again move forward in the realm of film.
It remains to be seen if the movie will be set in the same continuity as the Kelvin Timeline movies, although the involvement of Abrams as a producer indicates that it’s a possibility. Sadly, one member of the crew of the Kelvin Timeline Enterprise is no longer with us, as Anton Yelchin died in a car accident before the premiere of Beyond. J. J. Abrams previously implied that they may not recast the character out of respect for the late actor, so it remains to be seen how the movie will be approached if it is a continuation of the reboot series.
The new Star Trek movie does not yet have a title or release date.
Grant Davis is a freelance writer who has covered entertainment news for more than seven years. His articles have frequently appeared in Star Wars News Net as well as as other entertainment-related websites. As someone who grew up on Star Wars and comic book movies, he’s completely thrilled with the current era of genre entertainment.