STAR TREK 4 is set to make franchise history. ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Defenders’ director S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct the tentpole sci-fi sequel, making her the first female to direct a STAR TREK movie in franchise history.
Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos confirmed the studio is developing two STAR TREK films during his CinemaCon presentation today — a sequel to their existing franchise and the mysterious Quentin Tarantino project, which recently landed THE REVENANT screenwriter Mark L. Smith.
Details on STAR TREK 4 are still under wraps, but the film is expected tol see the return of Chris Hemsworth as Captain Kirk’s (Chris Pine) father, who died in the opening scene to 2009’s STAR TREK. Per the report, the film is said to feature a time travel plot point that allows Pine’s Kirk to encounter his father. The script comes from J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay with J.J. Abrams and Lindsey Weber producing through Bad Robot, alongside executive producers David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Media.
Zachary Quinto is also set to return. Quinto and Pine got big time raises when they signed on for a fourth film back in 2015, but according to THR, the studio doesn’t have acting deals with other cast members including Simon Pegg, John Cho, Zoe Saldana and Karl Urban. That means some pricey new contracts will have to be drawn up.
Clarkson is a veteran TV director who’s become best known in recent years for her work on Netflix, especially in their ever-growing Marvel universe. Outside the superhero gig, Clarkson also directed hit TV shows like ‘Dexter’, ‘Orange is the New Black’ and ‘Bates Motel’. Most recently, she directed all four episodes of the miniseries ‘Collateral’.
STAR TREK 4 was confirmed ahead of the theatrical debut for STAR TREK BEYOND, which went on to gross $158 million domestic and $184 million internationally. No official release date has been set. Here’s the official logline:
“In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.”