Star Trek: WandaVision Director Matt Shakman to Helm Next Film

It didn't take long for Paramount Pictures to seize the opportunity to sign director Matt Shakman, who led the Marvel and Disney+ limited series WandaVision to 23 Emmy nominations, to reinvigorate the cinematic universe of Star Trek. While the franchise already has a firm grip back into television with three series currently running in Discovery, Picard, and the animated Lower Decks, there are already two more series on the way in the live-action Strange New Worlds and the animated Prodigy, all on the ViacomCBS streaming platform Paramount+. Production is set to begin on Shakman's untitled Star Trek in Spring 2022, according to Deadline Hollywood, with Paramount collaborating again with Bad Robot's J.J. Abrams, who directed the 2009 soft reboot that introduced the Kelvin Universe.

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Chris Pine as Capt James T. Kirk in Star Trek Beyond (2016). Image courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson provided the script for this latest entry. Other recent attempts have been made by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) and Noah Hawley. The move was to land Shakman was from Paramount's motion picture group studio chair Emma Watts. The Kelvin Universe films featured younger versions of The Original Series crew. They starred Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Karl Urban (Bones), John Cho (Sulu), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and the late Anton Yelchin (Chekov). The 2009 reboot helped reinvigorate interest in the franchise garnering $386 million globally at the box office. Its success was followed up with the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness and 2016's Star Trek Beyond. The three films combined for over $1 billion globally. Following the 2016 film, interest at ViacomCBS shifted to make Discovery the flagship TV series for CBS All Access in 2017. With the series' success, producers like Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman expanded out with more shows for the now-rebranded Paramount+ and things coming full circle with the franchise's solidified status on the streamer turning its attention back to cinemas.

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About Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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