Paramount has announced that it will release the long-delayed fourth film in its rebooted “Star Trek” film series on December 22, 2023. JJ Abrams will return as the film’s producer, who continues the Chris Pine-headlined series as Captain James. T.Kirk.
“Star Trek” launched as an NBC television series in 1966 and has since grown into a sprawling network of spin-off movies and TV series, books, and animated shows. The Paramount+ streaming service is home to all five “Star Trek” shows currently in production, as well as the massive back catalog of past shows and movies.
Space Force (the military branch, not the Netflix show) was launched by the US government in 2019 to protect and defend US interests in the interplanetary realm. The Space Force logo and its uniforms have been compared to the Starfleet brand in the “Star Trek” universe.
Is it a coincidence? Probably not. “Star Trek” has long been the model for a benevolent interplanetary military organization that only resorts to force when called upon to defend itself. The original “Star Trek” recipe was a pro-military counterpoint to the height of the Vietnam War protests, and it inspired generations of men and women to serve.
Before the USS Enterprise can take flight, there’s a potential problem on the film’s front. Apparently, none of the actors from the previous films knew the announcement was coming, and no one made a deal to appear in the film. That means Pine, Zachary Quinto (Spock), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Zoe Saldaña (Uhura), and John Cho (Sulu) have all the leverage, and their reps should be able to do some amazing business, as fans s wait and see they all come back.
Unfortunately, the new film will not star Pavel Chekov. Actor Anton Yelchin died in 2016 when his Jeep Cherokee spun out of the park and pinned him to a brick door post in Los Angeles. Yelchin’s family sued and eventually settled with the automaker, which had just issued a recall based on the issue when the accident happened.
There are more potential roadblocks. The script is not finished and the studio has not yet approved a budget. Abrams says the film will be shot “before the end of the year,” but there are a ton of moving parts that need to line up for the film to meet a very tight deadline.
Of course, Paramount may be willing to invest money in this problem to solve it. There have been several failed attempts to make a fourth film in this series, including a version based on a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino and another idea by Noah Hawley, the creator of the “Fargo” and “Legion” television series.
The last idea standing is the one that needs to go into production. Abrams won’t be directing this time around and has brought in Matt Shakman, who directed all episodes of the Marvel series “Wandavision” and previously worked on “Game of Thrones,” “Succession,” and 43 episodes of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.
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