A new Star Trek film will be directed by WandaVision director
Matt Shakman, the filmmaker of WandaVision, is poised to direct the next Star Trek film. Veteran TV director (and former child actor) Shakman is said to have picked Trek as only his second big-screen excursion, following a remarkable 23 Emmy nods for the acclaimed Marvel and Disney Plus series.
Shakman was one of the creators of WandaVision, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) series to air on Disney Plus, which opened the door for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki, which recently received a second season renewal.
I know what you’re thinking: which Star Trek film are we discussing? There have been more rumored Trek projects in recent years than toy phasers at a cosplay convention. JJ Abrams’ big-screen reinvention of the space odyssey in 2009 spawned two sequels, but with 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, the franchise appeared to be in jeopardy. Discovery, Lower Decks, and Picard on streaming service Paramount Plus (previously CBS All Access) kept the Trek franchise alive on the small screen, while Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino tried their hand at writing a new film.
Even if this version makes it to warp speed, it’s uncertain whether Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, and the rest of the reboot ensemble will be given Starfleet uniforms once more.
Shakman has directed films such as The Great, Succession, The Boys, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Mad Men, Fargo, and Game of Thrones, among others. Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, who co-wrote Captain Marvel and the 2018 Tomb Raider, will pen the Trek script, according to Deadline. The two writers are said to be working on Spider-Man spin-off Silver Sable, a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel Artemis, and a revival of Short Circuit. The two have also been linked to films based on the Hasbro toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Visionaries, and MASK, but those will most likely remain in the 1980s.