'Star Trek' Movie Confirmed: 'WandaVision' Director Tapped as Film Enters 'Warp Speed' Production

'Star Trek' Movie Confirmed: 'WandaVision' Director Tapped as Film Enters 'Warp Speed' Production
Matt Shakman is jumping from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the final frontier after he signed a deal with Paramount to direct the new "Star Trek" movie. Photo : Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

Matt Shakman is jumping from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the final frontier after he signed a deal with Paramount to direct the new "Star Trek" movie.

To be produced by "Bad Robot's" JJ Abrams, Shakman will take over the new "Star Trek" film, Deadline has reported.

The untitled feature film will be penned by Lindsey Beer, screenwriter of "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who wrote the screenplay for "Captain Marvel," Variety said. This is a significant fact as this will be the first "Star Trek" film to be written by female screenwriters.

Though the director, producer, and screenwriters are already named, the cast for the film remains under wraps.

Matt Shakman to Direct New "Star Trek" Movie

Shakman's work in "WandaVision" has garnered him multiple Emmy nominations, including one for directing the first series in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said Variety. Overall, he and the Marvel series have hauled 23 Emmy nominations, including one for best limited series.

The news of his new project with Paramount came out the same day Shakman earned his Emmy nominations.

Disney+ Showcase Presentation At D23 Expo Friday, August 23
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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 23: Director Matt Shakman of 'WandaVision' took part today in the Disney+ Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, Calif. 'WandaVision' will stream exclusively on Disney+, which launches November 12.

According to Variety, Shakman is a prolific television director, working in series such as "Six Feet Under," "House," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Fargo," "Game of Thrones" and "Succession." He also worked on the 2015 indie thriller "Cut Bank" with Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich and Billy Bob Thornton.

Shakman chose "Star Trek" over several other films that were offered. Paramount's motion picture group studio chairman Emma Watts also pushed hard to land Shakman for the movie, said Deadline.

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What Happens to the "Star Trek" Timeline Now?

The film will now move at "warp speed" as it will begin production next spring, Deadline reported.

Work on the new seasons of the shows "Star Trek: Discovery" and "Star Trek: Picard" are currently underway for Paramount Plus, per Movie Web; however, the franchise is long overdue to return in theaters.

When the idea of the fourth "Star Trek" film was still being passed around, Quentin Tarantino had pitched the idea of directing an R-rated "Star Trek" as his final movie. In 2019, Noah Hawley was said to have been hired to write and direct a new "Star Trek" film, but it was unclear whether Chris Pine who plays Kirk and the original cast would return for the iteration. Kalinda Vasquez from the "Star Trek: Discovery" series was also reported to write another "Star Trek" movie back in March.

Star Trek Beyond Asia Tour - Beijing Press Conference
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BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 18: Singer Jason Zhang (L2), Zachary Quinto (L3), Zoe saldana (L4), DIrector Justin Lin (L5), Chris Pine (L6), Simon Pegg (R4), Rob Moore (R2) attend the press conference of the Paramount Pictures title "Star Trek Beyond", on August 18, 2016 at Indigo Mall in Beijing, China.

The last "Star Trek" movie that hit the theaters was "Star Trek Beyond" directed by Justin Lin back in 2016, Variety recalled. Those films reset the "Trek" timeline and recast the original series characters with the fresh faces of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto.

The plan for the fourth film is to continue from where the previous movie left off. Although no cast has been officially confirmed, Pine and the other cast members from the reboot timeline should be able to make a return, Movie Web added. However, Anton Yelchin will not return as Pavel Chekov as he passed away in 2016 after being in the three Star Trek films.

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