STAR TREK 4 Loses Its Release Date Following FANTASTIC FOUR Director Matt Shakman's Departure

It was recently revealed that WandaVision director Matt Shakman had walked away from Star Trek 4 to helm Fantastic Four, and the upcoming sequel is now without a release date. Find more details here...

We probably should have seen this coming, but Paramount Pictures has now removed the untitled Star Trek 4 from its upcoming release slate.

The movie had been eyeing a December 22, 2023 debut, though that always seemed optimistic given reports that the main cast members had not officially signed on to star. The studio has spent the past few years trying to figure out where to take the franchise next, entertaining pitches from a whole host of filmmakers.

Since Star Trek Beyond was released in 2016, one popular idea included a reunion between Chris Pine's Captain Kirk and his father, played in 2009's Star Trek by Chris Hemsworth. Defenders director S.J. Clarkson was set to be at the helm of that, while Paramount has since considered movies from Noah Hawley (Fargo) and legendary filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.

WandaVision helmer Matt Shakman was the latest director to be attached to the project and things appeared to be going well...until Marvel Studios offered him the chance to take charge of the Fantastic Four reboot. With that, Star Trek 4 was once again left without a filmmaker to take charge of the Enterprise crew. 

Back in February, producer J.J. Abrams (who directed the first two modern Star Trek movies) promised that the fourth instalment would be shooting by the end of the year with original cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg.

When Abrams made that bold claim, the cast hadn't been signed up, leaving Paramount very little time to secure them. Now, with Star Trek 4 without a director, they're back to not having a plan for where to go next. The franchise continues to find great success on television, of course, but the studio needs that all-important box office revenue.

Hopefully, a new director will be found soon. In the meantime, you'll want to keep checking back here for Star Trek 4 updates.

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