‘Star Trek’ movie removed from release schedule after director quits

By Brent Furdyk.

Fans will be waiting longer than expected for the fourth « Star Trek » movie.

Earlier this year, JJ Abrams – who directed 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ and 2013’s ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ and is a producer on the franchise – announced that another ‘Trek’ movie was in development, with ongoing talks with stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Simon Pegg to reprise their roles.

« We’re thrilled to say that we’re working hard on a new ‘Star Trek’ movie to be shot by the end of the year that will feature our original cast and some new characters who I think are going to be really fun and exciting and help take ‘Star Trek’ to places you’ve never seen before,” Abrams said in February during the ViacomCBS Investor Presentation.

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At the time, Matt Shakman, whose credits include ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘WandaVision’, was attached to direct; last month, however, he parted ways with the project. « Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret that the time has not come for him to direct our next ‘Star Trek’ film, » Paramount Pictures said in a statement to Deadline. « We are grateful for his many contributions, we are excited about the creative vision for this next chapter, and we look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world. »

Now, Deadline reports that Shakman’s departure derailed the project, at least temporarily, reversing Abrams’ prediction that production would begin in 2022.

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As a result, Paramount has removed the film from its upcoming release schedule, stating that the film will not be released on December 22, 2023, as previously announced.

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