Next ‘Star Trek’ Pulled From Paramount’s Release Slate

In what should come as a surprise to nobody, Paramount has yanked the next Star Trek movie from its December 22nd 2023 release date. This comes just weeks after director Matt Shakman (WandaVision) exited the film to direct Marvel’s Fantastic Four.

After entertaining films by SJ Clarkson, Quentin Tarantino, and Noah Hawley that would chart new paths, Paramount settled on returning to JJ Abrams’ reboot universe led by Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and others.

The most recent film in Abrams’ series was 2016’s underwhelming Star Trek Beyond. It was preceded by 2013’s Star Trek into Darkness and 2009’s Star Trek. Diminishing returns forced a reevaluation of the franchise.

It’s unclear who is on Paramount’s shortlist of potential directors to replace Shakman. Whoever takes over will have a big job putting the movies on the same level as the television shows, which are at new heights of popularity right now.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.