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“Give Star Trek 4 to Quentin Tarantino ASAP”: Star Trek Fans Outraged as Movie Loses 4th Director in a Span of Months After Matt Shakman Jumps Ship to MCU’s Fantastic Four

Fans of the Star Trek Enterprise may have to wait a little longer to finally hop aboard. The long queue of passing directors is making it excessively harder for Paramount to launch the project. The rebooted franchise that began with J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto breathed new life into Trekdom after a comparative period of hiatus of the live-action films beginning after the launch of Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.

Chris Pine as Captain Kirk
Chris Pine as Captain Kirk

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Star Trek Future Up For Debate After Shakman’s Exit

In 2007, J.J. Abrams accepted Paramount Pictures’s offer to direct a new Star Trek film that would serve more as a reboot than a revival of the franchise. Dubbed the Kelvin Timeline, 2009’s Star Trek established itself as an individual entity removed from the continuity of its predecessors while staying true to the original course of the narrative’s shaping events.

A still from Star Trek Beyond
A still from Star Trek Beyond

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The reboot served as a stellar success with Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Star Trek Beyond (2016) receiving 84% and 86% on Rotten Tomatoes respectively. Following a considerable delay in the gear-up of the fourth film, due to unforeseeable global events, the franchise now faces a new strum of threat to its fruition due to the lack of availability of a suitable director.

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Star Trek 4‘s Fate Dwindles Due to Lack of Director

Following Matt Shakman‘s exit from the project in favor of Marvel’s reboot of the Fantastic Four in its Phase 6 launch, the Star Trek franchise has been suffering crucial blows in its hunt for a director. Shakman, who was associated with Marvel previously in its Phase Four series, WandaVision received critical praise for his multiple Emmy-winning series.

Star Trek 4 still has no director making the crew susceptible to exiting franchise
Star Trek 4 still has no director making the crew susceptible to exiting the franchise

However, with him exiting the project, Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley were being considered too before being passed on for other propositions. With the Trekkies’ patience wearing thin, Paramount really needs to settle on a suitable director as soon as possible.

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The movie which has been currently slated for December 22, 2023 release is now facing speculation about whether it will indeed be finished on time. As the franchise heads toward an indefinite future, the Trek fandom keeps relentlessly swarming around the issue at hand, especially after Tarantino’s proposition for a fresh take on the universe was passed over in favor of a continuation of the Kelvin Timeline’s fourth installment.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.