S.J. Clarkson Is First Female 'Star Trek' Film Director In Franchise History

Paramount Studios confirmed yesterday during their CinemaCon presentation that they were  indeed working on at least two more Star Trek films in their franchise, backing up a story we reported on a month ago.

Perhaps the biggest news in the franchise in a very long time came today, with the announcement that the 50 year+ franchise was gaining it's first female director.

S.J. Clarkson Is First Female 'Star Trek' Film Director In Franchise History
S.J. Clarkson has made history as the first female director for a "Star Trek" feature film.

S.J. Clarkson will be directing the yet-unnamed Star Trek 4 (4, because it is the 4th in the relaunched JJ Abrams Star Trek universe). Her previous credits are primarily tv related- but that's not a downside here.  Life On Mars, Orange Is The New Black, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders are standouts among several other series.

Extremely little is known about the plot, but there are some pretty likely rumors paired with the news that Chris Hemsworth, who played Chris Pine's character James T Kirk's father George Samuel Kirk in Star Trek '09, is returning. 

This obviously would mean one of two things- a  prequel about the early Starfleet pilot OR time travel.

Fans of the Trek serieseseseses will recognize the term "prime directive", and maybe it'll be the plot for this upcoming film.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penned the screenplay. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions, while David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Media will executive produce.

We'll let you know as soon as more information becomes available.

Your move, Star Wars.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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