Star Trek 4 Shelved Indefinitely At Paramount

Lawrence Kim
January 10, 2019

The fourth film in the Star Trek franchise has reportedly been "shelved" due to director SJ Clarkson joining the Game of Thrones prequel.

Alex Kurtzman, a longtime Star Trek writer and executive producer of both Star Trek: Discovery as well as the new series, says Picard will be living a very different life than the one he knew on the bridge of the Enterprise, thanks to a traumatic and life-changing calamity dating all the way back to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie - a film Kurtzman co-wrote. Clarkson also directed episodes of Orange is the New Black and Jessica Jones.

As revealed previous year, Sir Patrick Stewart will be looking to reprise his much beloved role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generations for a brand new series.

There is no word on when or if "Star Trek 4" will resume development. 2016's Beyond was the worst performer of the bunch, bringing in $343 million worldwide.

Back in August, it was reported that the new Star Trek movie was a "priority" at Paramount, with deals expected to close for the other cast members, including Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and John Cho. Actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new films, died in June 2016 in a vehicle accident.

"Our goal is to not only expand the definition of Star Trek and what has qualified as traditional Star Trek, but also to tell stories that are both self-contained in a very short period of time that also connect to the larger picture of what we're doing, not only in Discovery but in the world building of Trek in general", Kurtzman said.

The destruction of the Romulan homeworld in 2009's Star Trek, Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter, was a defining event in Picard's career; one that sets up the role Stewart will play on the still-untitled new show. However, it remains to be seen if that's ever going to happen.

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