New ‘Star Trek’ Film In The Works From ‘WandaVision’ Director Matt Shakman

Now is a pretty good time to be someone involved with Marvel’s WandaVision, which just earned 23 Emmy nominations. Case in point director Matt Shakman, who is now set to make his feature directing debut on a franchise that has been dormant for years: Star Trek.

Deadline reports Paramount has hired Shakman to direct a new, untitled Star Trek movie. Before you even ask, no, we don’t know if this is a continuation of the JJ Abrams movies with Chris Pine etc., or something entirely different. We do know it will have a script by Lindsey Beer (Sierra Burgess is a Loser) and Captain Marvel writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet.

You have to take this with a note of skepticism given all that’s happened with Paramount’s previous attempts at a fourth Star Trek movie. Following the mediocre response to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, a weak attempt was made to hire the franchise’s first female director, SJ Clarkson, only to hae the film thwarted by contract negotiations. Fargo creator and Lucy in the Sky director Noah Hawley was brought on to director a brand new film with a different cast, but that also went nowhere. Flirtations with Quentin Tarantino on an R-rated Star Trek didn’t go very far, while only a couple of months ago another movie was announced with Star Trek Discovery writer Kalinda Vazquez. The fate of that one is unknown.

Paramount is definitely moving forward with Shakman’s Star Trek movie, though, as they’ve already set it for June 9th 2023 release.

Travis Hopson
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