In April news broke that Paramount had set a June 2023 release date for the next Star Trek feature film. We are now getting the first details about the project, including which Marvel vets are on board.
Matt Shakman to captain next Trek feature
The Hollywood trades are reporting (first on Deadline then confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety) that Paramount has made a deal with director Matt Shakman to helm their next Star Trek feature film. This would be the “top secret” untitled project produced by J.J. Abrams we reported on in April, which Paramount set for a June 9, 2023 release date. According to Deadline, the project is now moving at “warp speed” with a script already written and plans to begin production next spring.
Shakman is an award-winning director for his extensive work on theater and television, including helming episodes of Six Feet Under, House, Game of Thrones, and Succession. His profile has risen this year for directing all nine episodes of the Disney+ series WandaVision, for which he has been nominated for a DGA award and an Emmy Award. According to Deadline, “Shakman’s now an A-list film director who chose Star Trek over several other offers.” According to the trade, nabbing Shakman is “a coup” for Paramount movie’s chief Emma Watts who joined the studio last summer and put a hold on the various Star Trek projects in development at the time.
Co-written by ‘Captain Marvel’ screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet
Deadline is also reporting that the film is based on a script written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Lindsey Beer. Robertson-Dworet co-wrote the 2018 Tomb Raider movie and 2019’s Captain Marvel. She is also writing the upcoming Silver Sable movie for Marvel and the animated Gotham City Sirens film. Beer and Robertson are also working together on M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, which is part of the Paramount/Hasbro GI Joe series. Beer was a writer for the animated series The Magic Order and attached to a number of movies including a Short Circuit reboot, an adaptation of the popular The Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy series, and the next entries in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Pet Cemetary franchises.
UPDATE: Maybe Kelvin?
There are no details yet on how this Star Trek movie fits (or doesn’t fit) in with the Kelvin Universe or the Prime Universe television shows and films. However, after the story came out Deadline reporter Justin Kroll indicated the film is written for the Kelvin crew, but “no deals are done for talent.”
While no deals are done for talent, hearing the hope is the Shakman STAR TREK would be for the Chris Pine crew to return
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) July 14, 2021
ICYMI: There is another Star Trek movie in development
In March it was revealed that Paramount and Abrams had tapped Discovery screenwriter Kalinda Vasquez to write a new Star Trek film based on her original idea. As we reported before, this project was not the same as the one Paramount put on their release schedule for 2023. There have been no updates on the Vazquez projects since March, but Paramount has had multiple Star Trek films in development for most of the last few years, which has become commonplace for other film franchises.
This is a developing story so keep an eye for updates.
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