Deadline is reporting that Matt Shakman will be calling the shots on the next “Star Trek” movie. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because Shakman has just earned some serious superhero cred by directing all 9 episodes of Marvel’s smash hit Disney+ show, “WandaVision.” He also earned himself an Emmy nomination (Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie) for his work. That nomination was one of 23 (per Collider) earned by “WandaVision,” which is a mammoth haul by any standard.
J.J. Abrams — who served as director on the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot and produced both of its sequels — will also be returning to produce the next iteration of the fabled sci-fi franchise. Abrams’ return would logically lead one to believe the upcoming film may be a new chapter in the story he began with that ’09 reboot, likely returning principle cast members such as Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and Simon Pegg. Likewise, the June 9, 2023 release date seems tight if “Star Trek” producers are looking to recast the franchise. As of this writing, Paramount bosses have not confirmed if the new project is a follow-up to 2017’s “Star Trek: Beyond.”
While we wait to learn the who’s and what’s of the new “Star Trek” movie, it’s beyond exciting to know the film is officially on the way.