New ‘Star Trek’ Prequel Movie In The Works From ‘Andor’ Director Toby Haynes And JJ Abrams

The streaming era has been very good to Star Trek. On Paramount+, the franchise has grown by leaps and bounds with multiple shows earning high marks from fans. However, there hasn’t been a big-screen movie since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, and it performed so poorly any sequels have been in limbo ever since. Well, that’s about to change. For real, this time.

So while this isn’t the long-developing, embarrassing-at-this-point Star Trek 4, Deadline confirms that a new film expanding on the reboot universe created by JJ Abrams is in the works. The film will be a prequel origin story set decades before the 2009 Star Trek led by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana.  Abrams’ Bad Robot Production will produce.

Behind the camera will be Andor director, Toby Haynes, with Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) writing the screenplay.

As for that fourth movie with Pine and the crew, it’s supposedly still in the works and expected to be the final chapter. You might recall that Paramount has announced it many different times, but whether it was due to the cast not being signed, or Quentin Tarantino riding in with a movie of his own, or whatever, the project never got off the ground and everyone looked kinda silly for it.

The question is whether Trek fans, conditioned to get their fix in multiple successful streaming shows, will support a theatrical movie disconnected from them.

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.