Years in development hell and more changes of direction than a politician during an election cycle, but Star Trek is moving forward with a new movie. WandaVision helmer Matt Shakman has reportedly closed a deal with Bad Robot and he will direct a new Star Trek movie over at Paramount.

The script by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson is getting the go-ahead over the Mark L. Smith (for Quentin Tarantino) and Noah Hawley versions that were proposed for the future of Star Trek.

If that script is picked up wholesale then it’s a continuation of the Kelvin Timeline with Chris Pine as Captain Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana Simon Pegg and, Karl Urban all back in the mix. That is yet to be confirmed as, of course, the script could undergo re-writes or be retooled.

J.J. Abrams is coming back to produce however, mercifully, his slate is likely to keep him away from the writer’s room.

JJ Abrams

It’s moving fast already, with production pencilled in for Spring and a June 2023 release date pencilled in. That will be seven years after Star Trek Beyond. Shakman also produced WandaVision and has directed episodes of Game of Thrones and Fargo. He is also artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Wow. Did not see that coming! A lot for Star Trek fans to take in this morning.

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