WandaVision director to direct upcoming Star Trek movie
Right after his Emmy nomination for his achievement on WandaVision, Matt Shakman will take his place at the helm of the upcoming Star Trek movie.
WandaVision director, Matt Shakman, is set to helm the next Star Trek film for Paramount Pictures. Shakman, a veteran television director, has worked on a number of television series including Game of thrones, It’s always nice in Philadelphia, and Psychic, Just to name a few. He recently directed all nine episodes of the Emmy nominees, WandaVision, for which he was also nominated for Best Director for a Limited or Anthonology Series or Films.
Paramount Pictures is looking to relaunch the Star Trek movie franchise since 2016 Star Trek Beyond underperformed at the box office. The originally announced fourth film, which would have seen Chris Hemsworth reprise his role as Captain George Kirk and which was to be directed by SJ Clarkson, has been dropped. Quentin Tarantino had also mentioned the development of a new Star Trek film, but those talks seem to have collapsed as the director now plans to retire. Noah Hawley, the creator of Legion and Fargo, had to write and direct a Star Trek movie that was eventually shelved, and the creator has now moved to another sci-fi property, Extraterrestrial. Paramount still had plans for Star Trek and set a release date for June 9, 2023, which will come seven years after the release of Star Trek Beyond.
According to Deadline, Matt Shakman has officially signed on to direct the upcoming Star Trek film for Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot, which produced the last three Star Trek cinema. Lindsey beer (Sierra Burgess is a loser) and Genève Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) write the script. It is not yet known whether the cast of the Kelvin era Star Trek films like Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto or Zoe Saldana will return to reprise their roles.
Without a word on whether the cast will return, it’s unclear whether this is a continuation of the story of Star Trek Beyond, and no reference has been made to this being the fourth film in the rebooted franchise. However, Bad Robot’s presence as the production company hints that it could take place in Kelvin’s timeline since the various TV series like Discovery of Star Trek and Star Trek Picard, which take place in the timeline of the original series, are not under the Bad Robot banner. This could indicate that the Star Trek The movie Shakman signed for is set in the Kelvin timeline, and it could be with a whole new team.
Shakman is continuing an interesting trend that Paramount Pictures took with the hiring of directors for the latest Star Trek movie. Like Shakman, formerly attached directors SJ Clarkson and Noah Hawley are filmmakers who primarily have television experience on high-profile television series. This fits both with the franchise’s history of being rooted in television, but also with the fact that JJ Abrams kicked off the modern era of Star Trek and was primarily known as an accomplished screenwriter and television producer. Shakman’s resume shows he can tackle a wide variety of projects, and Star Trek can be a lot of different things depending on what the writer wants. Reservation from the director of an Emmy-nominated series to direct the next Star Trek the film is a big win for Paramount and after WandaVision, the public should expect something really special.
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