WandaVision director Matt Shakman has been tapped to direct the next installment in Paramount and Bad Robot’s Star Trek film series.
This news comes by way of Deadline, which reports that Shakman’s Star Trek movie is being fast-tracked, with production set to begin next Spring. This is especially surprising news as Star Trek 4 was reportedly canceled as of 2019, but it seems Shakman’s run on WandaVision inspired new interest in the Star Trek film franchise.
The script for the currently untitled Star Trek movie will be written by Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Previously, it was reported that Legion creator Noah Hawley was set to write and direct the next Star Trek sequel. Before that, The Revenant writer Mark Smith was set to write a script for the Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie that doesn’t seem to be happening anymore.
Shakman was no stranger to directing before WandaVision — he’s directed episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Game of Thrones, Fargo, and The Great — but it was the Disney Plus series that seemingly launched him to new heights. Just today, it was announced that WandaVision had picked up 23 Emmy award nominations for Disney Plus, which nabbed a total of 71 nominations.
Deadline reports that Shakman chose to direct this new Star Trek movie over “several other offers” and that Paramount’s selection as him for director was especially pushed hard by the studio’s chair, Emma Watts.
Watts must be feeling pretty great knowing she backed a director whose Disney Plus series was nominated for nearly two dozen Emmy awards, but only time will tell what this movie turns out to be.
While waiting to learn more about this movie, catch up on all the reporting circling around the fourth Star Trek film from Paramount. In March of 2020, Simon Pegg casted doubt on the future of a fourth Star Trek movie, stating that “Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money.” Pegg said this a year after it was reported that Star Trek 4 was canceled after its director left to direct a Game of Thrones prequel pilot.
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino was sharing his vision of an R-rated Star Trek movie. Unfortunately, for those curious of what that might look like on screen, the director said in 2020 that he just doesn’t think he’s “going to direct it,” despite thinking “it’s a good idea.”
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.