The next Star Trek feature film project has run into another snag, this time related to its director.
This morning, news broke that Matt Shakman had been tapped to direct the Fantastic Four reboot for Marvel with a target release in November 2024. Since the summer of 2021, the WandaVision helmer had been attached to direct the next Star Trek feature film. Earlier this year producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures made a big deal out of announced plans to move forward with the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond with a December 2023 release.
With these two projects overlapping, it was no surprise that later in the afternoon Paramount confirmed Shakman has exited, releasing the following statement that also showed a continuing commitment to the Star Trek project:
Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film,. We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences all around world
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a search for a new director for the next Star Trek movie will “begin immediately.”
Since the big announcement in February made by Abrams during Paramount Global’s investor day event, the Kelvin Universe cast has expressed a high level of excitement over reuniting for a fourth film, with some also confirming that have met or spoken to Shakman, including star Chris Pine. However, members of the cast have also expressed skepticism regarding Abrams’ plan to start shooting this fall as that conflicts with some of their schedules. For example, Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) just began shooting the next season of The Boys in Toronto.
Even with the delays and scheduling issues and loss of the director, the Hollywood trades report that bringing Star Trek back to the big screen is a priority for the studio. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it remains “unclear” if the film will be able to meet the December 22, 2023 release date. Another shift in that date seems almost certain at this point.
This is a developing story. TrekMovie will provide updates as they become available.
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