There’s another sign that the long-gestating Star Trek 4 project at Paramount Pictures is still alive, even though it is one year to the day since Paramount Pictures removed the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond from their 2023 release calendar.
Lindsey Beer says Trek movie is still happening
It’s been 18 months since producer J.J. Abrams announced “We are thrilled to say that we are hard at work on a new ‘Star Trek’ film that will be shooting by the end of the year.” But 2022 ended with no filming on the horizon and director Matt Shakman exiting the project, so many fans concluded that the project was shelved, possibly permanently. However, Lindsey Anderson Beer, an original co-screenwriter for Star Trek 4, gives some reason for hope. In a new interview with Collider, Beer clarifies:
[Star Trek 4] is, it’s still on the tracks. I love that project, and it was another one that I had to hop off of to direct this movie, and that was a hard thing to do. But I love that everybody involved with that project.
The project that led Beer to “hop off” the Star Trek project is Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, a prequel to 2019’s Pet Sematary. Throughout the interview, Beer discusses how she was eager to do both Pet Sematary: Bloodlines and the live-action remake of Disney’s Bambi, as both projects were stories she wanted to share with the world. She feels similarly about the Star Trek sequel. Beer co-wrote the first draft of the Star Trek 4 script with Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel). The pair had exited the project by 2022; the latest script was written by Josh Friedman (Avatar 2) and Cameron Squires (WandaVision), based on the earlier draft by Beer and Robertson-Dworet.
Lindsey Anderson Beer’s comments are consistent with what we’ve heard about the film’s development so far, consistent with Matt Shakman’s report earlier this year that the project remained active after his exit. Yet even though the fourth Kelvin-universe film has been repeatedly called a priority by Paramount Pictures, it has been delayed numerous times. While all the principal actors have stated they are eager to reunite for a fourth film, getting them all to commit to a shooting schedule has not yet been successful and Paramount has not provided a new projected release date or tapped a new director.
While there are practical issues, there appears to be more behind the delay of the film. Late last year, actress Zoe Saldaña cited the scheduling problems but also added “I think as well it probably has something else to do with the project.” At STLV 2023 in August, actor Zachary Quinto was more direct, offering this diagnosis about the delay: “I think it’s about different people having different agendas and ideas about what it will be.” With all this in mind, Beer (and Shakman) exiting Star Trek 4 to pursue other active projects should not be surprising.
With the end of the WGA strike, maybe Paramount can resolve any creative issues with this project. It has now been over 7 years since the release of 2016’s Star Trek Beyond and the way things are going, it could be a decade before the studio brings one of its key franchises back to the big screen for a fourteenth movie.
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