This likely comes as no surprise but Star Trek 4 loses its release date after director Matt Shakman exit. Shakman was originally in place to helm the Star Trek sequel, however he was courted by Marvel Studios and has now agreed to direct Fantastic Four for them instead. Trekkies worried that this could mean a problem for Star Trek 4 and it turns out they were right. Variety reports that Star Trek 4 has now been removed from Paramount’s upcoming slate. The movie was originally dated for December 22, 2023. As per the trade.
Paramount has removed its untitled “Star Trek” sequel from its upcoming film slate. The project, produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, had been dated to hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2023.
For now it does not appear as though the sequel is dead. The trade also reports that it seems like the announcement of the movie from J.J. Abrams may have come a little soon. In other words they say the cast were not yet under contract for the movie and along with Shakman’s exit and a replacement being sought, this could have had an influence on the decision to remove the movie from the current schedule.
More than likely, if there is an idea for a film there that Paramount are happy with, then the movie will come together eventually. First they need a new director. Secondly they need to plan a date where they can get the cast together. That’s not an easy task for a cast that has all gone on to be involved in some huge projects outside of Trek.
The previous Star Trek movie (in this timeline) Beyond was a bit of a commercial dud for the franchise. That’s probably why it has been so long since we have had a movie in the Kelvin Timeline. More recently Paramount has focused their efforts on the TV realm and the standard timeline. Personally, I’ve not been a fan of the Kelvin Timeline movies outside of the first one. I felt both Into Darkness and Beyond were simply movies I didn’t enjoy for a variety of unrelated reasons.
On the TV side I’ve enjoyed Discovery, but the latest season hasn’t been broadcast in an easy to consume way in the U.K. Whereas I despised Picard Season 2 so much I haven’t even bothered finishing it. I’ve heard great things about Strange New Worlds. However I have yet to see that for the same reasons as Discovery. I would need to sign up to Paramount+, which I still can’t access on my Xbox console where I use all my other apps.
What do you think as Star Trek 4 loses its release date after director Matt Shakman exit? Who should they go and get and what would it take to get you interested in the Kelvin Timeline again? Thoughts below as always.