Star Trek 4 has been a movie on many fans’ lists of 2023. This however will continue to be a longer wait as the continuation of the rebooted Star Trek franchise has once again found itself on the shelf. Paramount’s planned schedule had seen the movie releasing in 22rd December of 2023, now though, it does not seem to even be part of the schedule altogether.
It has been a month since director Matt Shakman left the project and the news of Star Trek 4 being shelved has recently come to light. The franchise’s reboot was first picked up by Paramount Pictures in 2009 with J. J. Abrams producing the movie. He then returned to direct the sequel as well, however, then chose to not do the same for the movie after. Abrams went on to produce the threequel with Justin Lin as the director.
The Obstacles Of Star Trek 4
The hefty ride that Star Trek 4 went through was at last brought to rest once the film was again in the works in April of 2021. Paramount had added an untitled Star Trek movie to their schedule with a release of 9th June 2023. Later, it was revealed that Matt Shakman was set to direct the movie with J. J. Abrams also returning as a producer.
The movie was then delayed by a few months, set to release on 22nd December 2023. This did not seem to hinder the project as much because Chris Pine, who had initially left due to pay disputes, was returning along with Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg. This unfortunately did not age as well.
Another Problem Hit Star Trek 4
Matt Shakman decided to leave the project in August of 2022 in order to replace director John Watts for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot for Marvel. Watts left the movie to take a break from creating large-scale films after his highly successful Spider-Man: No Way Home.
“Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film.”
Paramount took out an official statement regarding the situation and has since then removed the movie from their scheduled releases. Once again awaiting a director, the movie remains to be having an uncertain future as of now. The fact that its own cast members were astonished to learn of the casting news was a shocker in itself and to see the movie be delayed yet again, the fans shall have to wait even more.
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