It’s been some time since they first announced that they would be developing a final chapter in the main Star Trek cinematic franchise, which was started by J.J. Abrams. Originally, Matt Shakman was attached to direct but he went on to work on Apple TV+’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters and is currently busy preparing to direct Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four film.
While we still have no clear future for that entry, it does seem that Paramount is not going to rest with their franchise just ending as a new spinoff is in development. It seems it’ll take place in the same universe and sees Seth Grahame-Smith penning the script with Abrams‘ Bad Robot returning to produce. The big addition is that they also have a director attached to Andor’s Toby Haynes.
The fourth Star Trek film is still in development and it is unclear how exactly these will connect, but it’s definitely an exciting announcement given the talent working on the project. Plus, there’s a chance they can explore the universe in a unique way given the long varied history of the franchise. Perhaps we’ll get a more intimate adaptation that returns to elements we haven’t seen in the franchise in quite some time.