The news for the next Star Trek movie keeps coming, following yesterday’s announcement from CinemaCon that two Trek features were in the works. Today Hollywood trades The Wrap, Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting Paramount and Bad Robot are in talks with British director S.J. Clarkson, for her to helm the next Star Trek film. And according to Variety, Clarkson has already been tapped for the job.
If Clarkson signs on, she would be the first female director in Trek film franchise history. According to The Hollywood reporter “Paramount is deep in the hunt for a female director, a mandate that comes from the top, including producer J.J. Abrams.” Making sure women are considered for the director’s chair is a serious objective for Hollywood now. Just last week Abrams hired Victoria Mahoney to be his second unit director for Star Wars: Episode IX. And earlier this month Warner picked Cathy Yan to helm the upcoming Harley Quinn film.
Clarkson is best known for her directing work in television and has been active since 1999, working on series such as Dexter, Bates Motel, Orange is the New Black, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders. Her only connection to producer J.J. Abrams seems to be directing single episode of the short-lived HBO series Vinyl. She most recently produced and directed all four episodes of the BBC/Netflix mini-series Collateral.
Hemsworth returning as George Kirk
According to the reports, the Star Trek film Clarkson would direct will be the one first announced in the summer of 2016, based on a script written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The film will feature Thor actor Chris Hemsworth returning to the role of George Kirk, which he portrayed in the 2009 Star Trek film.
Variety also reports that Chris Pine is set to return as Kirk along with Zachary Quinto as Spock. No word yet on the rest of the Kelvin-verse cast, however the original release noted they were “expected to return.” The report also states that “a key plot point sees Pine’s character running into his father (Hemsworth) in a time travel ploy.”
From the original 2016 official release:
In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.
Chris Hemsworth, who appeared in 2009’s “STAR TREK,” will return to the space saga as George Kirk to star alongside Pine.
Producer J.J. Abrams also spoke about the project back in 2016, telling Scott Mantz from Access Hollywood the film involves George Kirk and the crew going on an adventure together.
Tarantino Trek is next – with a different timeline?
As we reported yesterday, Paramount CEO Jim Gianopolus said there were two Star Trek films in development. The other film is the based on a pitch from Quentin Tarantino. According to the new Variety report, the script for that (being penned by Mark L. Smith) is “still being written,” and the project would “come after the fourth movie.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is “understood to be set in a separate timeline.”
TrekMovie has reached out to Paramount, however they have declined to comment on the reports at this time.
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