For a while there it certainly seemed like they weren’t going back. But another Star Trek film is on the way. And Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg are all beaming back up for more. According to Deadline, negotiations are underway with the intent to bring back all of the mainstays in the rebooted franchise. It’s just one of the many major developments to arise out of the ViacomCBS Investor Day call. J.J. Abrams appeared on the call, confirming the reports and indicating production will start by the end of the year.
WandaVision‘s Matt Shakman is on tap to direct Star Trek 4, with Josh Friedman and Cameron Squires writing the script. According to Deadline, their version is based on a script from Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. So depending on how it goes, this film might have a lot of credited scribes.
Naturally, details are under wraps at the moment, including the plot. It’s been a turbulent last several years for Star Trek 4. Back in 2018, plans for another film with the cast stalled, reportedly after Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who played George Kirk in the 2009 reboot, walked away over pay disputes. But Hemworth later told Variety he wasn’t completely on board with the script.
Over the last several years, several people, from Noah Hawley to Quentin Tarantino, have tossed around ideas for a Star Trek film. (The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood writer-director really wanted to make the first R-rated Star Trek project. Mark L. Smith, who wrote The Revenant, even wrote a draft.)
Still, though, many, including John Cho, held out hope that the fourth film in the rebooted franchise would eventually happen. And how the Enterprise crew is back together—save one very important cast member.
Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the first three films, sadly passed away in 2016. Abrams confirmed at the time that the role would not be recast. He told the Toronto Sun, “I would say there’s no replacing him. There’s no recasting. I can’t possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better.” We’d imagine this sentiment remains in place. And we can’t wait to see how they pay tribute to the late actor.
We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for more Star Trek 4 developments.