In a move that isn’t a big surprise, Paramount Pictures has shifted their release calendar around again, which includes moving the date for their planned 2023 Star Trek feature film.
Shakman Trek moves to December 2023
Today Paramount Pictures moved two movies around on their upcoming calendar. Their next big Transformers movie Rise of the Beasts is moving from June 24, 2022, to June 9, 2023. Earlier this year the studio set their next Star Trek feature film for that June date, so the next Trek is now set for December 22, 2023. These changes are not a big surprise, coming after Paramount’s September announcement moving a number of other titles from 2021 into 2022 in hopes to find larger post-pandemic audiences.
According to Deadline, the Star Trek film set for Holiday 2023 is still the project being developed by producer J.J. Abrams, with WandaVision’s Matt Shakman set to direct based on a script co-written by Captain Marvel screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet. There are no confirmed details available on the plot or cast of the film, or even which Star Trek universe it is set in.
December 22nd, 2023 also happens to be the date Disney had set for Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, however, earlier this week The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the film is being delayed due to director Patty Jenkins’ schedule. Currently, there are no other films set for wide release in December 2023.
While a delay can be disappointing, setting a new date shows continued commitment to the franchise following the recent management shakeup at the studio. In late October, Paramount Pictures’ new chief Brian Robbins said he was “waiting for the development to be delivered” for the next Star Trek live-action movie, adding he “can’t wait to get going.” He also said live-action theatrical films are “crucial to the health of the overall franchise,” and the studio is looking long term to “what do we do next for the franchise that’s going to work for the next five and 10 years, not just one movie at a time.”
Trek back to the holidays
If Paramount sticks with this new plan, that would have Shakman’s Star Trek movie out seven and a half years after the last film in the franchise: 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. All three films produced by J.J. Abrams were summer releases (the previous two coming out in 2009 and 2013).
Prior to Abrams taking over as producer, most of the Star Trek films were released during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season including the first film, Star Trek: The Motion Picture on December 7, 1979, and the final TNG era film: Star Trek Nemesis on December 13, 2002. Star Trek Generations was released on November 18, 1994, and it even included a scene where Jean-Luc Picard fantasized about a family Christmas.
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