JJ Abrams to produce new film Star Trek, who found its director, Matt Shakman, on the side of the small screen and in particular of the Marvel series, WandaVision.
After the disappointing reception of Star Trek: No Limits (the third part of the last trilogy rebooted by JJ Abrams) and the unofficial abandonment of Star Trek 4 by Noah Hawley (who at one point caught the attention of Quentin Tarantino), Paramount seems determined to save its cinematographic saga, even if it is not yet clear how the studio intends to go about it (even less with the arrival of Paramount + in the equation).
If Star Trek: Discovery or Star Trek: Picard continue to bring the franchise to life on the small screen, the return of Gene Roddenberry’s universe to the big screen still looks set, with in the first place a film produced by JJ Abrams under his Bad Robot banner. The announcement was made last March, with Kalinda Vazquez (Once upon a time, Prison Break) to the script, although the organization chart has apparently changed.
Chris Hemsworth before he dodged the mess
Without even mentioning Vazquez’s name, Deadline reported in a recent article that the movie will actually be written by Lindsey Beer (who will also be writing the prequel to Simetierre) and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (tomb Raider, Captain marvel), which will make him the first Star Trek written by women. It will also be directed by Matt Shakman, who after showing us around Westview for Marvel in WandaVision, will board the USS Enterprise for Paramount (although even that, we can’t really say).
The media clarified that Shakman chose the film Star Trek among several other projects that have been proposed to him. Emma Watts, the new president of the company, would have fought to get hold of the director and his efforts would have borne fruit. Matt Shakman is a regular on television with many episodes of series to his credit (Philadelphia, Dr House, The Good Wife, You’re the Worst, Game Of Thrones). He will thus make his second feature film after Hell Town in 2014.
Elizabeth Olsen in WandaVision
Like Noah Hawley’s frozen project, the film should ditch the Kelvin timeline and have no connection to previous films and their cast, composed of Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban or John Cho. The news thus falls just as WandaVision gets 23 nominations for the next Emmy Awards (including Best Director for Shakman), one less than for The Mandalorian and The Crown, which set the record for nominations for this future edition.
Always after Deadline, production should begin next spring, probably with a view to a release in 2023. While waiting to learn more about the script and the distribution, we have made a ranking of all the films Star Trek of the first generation on this side.