Following on for the rumors we published last week, Matt Shakman leaves Star Trek 4 for Fantastic Four. Rumors last week we published had Shakman in as director of Fantastic Four for Marvel Studios after Jon Watts left the project. At the time I felt like this was a rumor going somewhere as there had been hints already. However I also wondered how Shakman was going to pull off directing Fantastic Four, due out November 2024 and also Star Trek 4 due out the previous December.
The answer it seems, is he isn’t. As covered by THR, Shakman has now officially left Star Trek 4, which does all into question whether the release date may end up delayed on that one?
“Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film,” Paramount Pictures said in a statement. “We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences all around world.”
A search for a new director will begin immediately although it is unclear at this stage whether the release date will shift.
As for Fantastic Four, well it seems like it is now full steam ahead with that picture. There are lots of rumors swirling about potential actors for the four lead roles, though nothing so far that has any air of veracity.
You get the feeling that Marvel Studios wants to announce the director (Shakman) along with the cast at D23. We have heard some rumors around the cast and even more hints and winks in the last few weeks, but no one seems wiling to stake their claim on naming specific actors. Well, other than one. We’ve heard claims around Thing being played by Jason Segel. However, that’s about the only actor that someone has claimed specifically.
I guess D23 won’t be long, and we may get some official details there?
What do you think of the news Matt Shakman leaves Star Trek 4 for Fantastic Four? Are you an annoyed Trekkie, or a happy Marvel fan, neither, or both at the same time? Thoughts below as always.