We’re at it again. According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are working to bring Star Trek back to the big screen, and Matt Shakman of WandaVision has been selected to direct the next Star Trek film.
There aren’t many details yet, but Deadline has learned that the J.J. Abrams cast, which includes Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Levi as Spock, Karl Urban as McCoy, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, and John Cho as Sulu, will return for this upcoming Star Trek picture. (Deadline later removed the Abrams cast from an amended article, implying that their participation isn’t confirmed at this time.) Lindsey Beer (The Magic Order) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet wrote the script for this new project (Captain Marvel). With Matt Shakman’s guidance, WandaVision was nominated for 23 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Directing For A Limited Or Anthology Series. Alternatively, a movie nod for Shakman – this shift might be significant for both Star Trek and Shakman. According to Deadline, the director had many large projects on the table but selected Star Trek above them all. The company is hoping to begin production next spring, with a June 9, 2023 release date already set.
Although the Star Trek series is thriving on television, with a slew of new episodes slated to air in the coming years, the same cannot be said for the big screen. Since the release of Star Trek Beyond in 2016, Paramount has failed to get a Star Trek picture off the ground despite repeated attempts. One of the prior ideas was authored by Mark L. Smith and based on a Quentin Tarantino notion (The Revenant). Noah Hawley (Fargo) was also working on a new Star Trek film, but Paramount placed the project on hold last year. In March, it was also announced that Kalinda Vazquez of Star Trek: Discovery was writing the script for a new Star Trek film based on an original concept, but it’s unclear what the status of that project is at this moment.