This year marks the 10th anniversary of the release of , the movie that explored the formation of the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew in an alternate timeline. The reboot was followed by 2013’s and 2016’s , and for years there have been efforts to get a fourth movie off the ground. However, despite some significant progress being made last year to make that happen, it seems that might not see the light of day after all.
Last April, S.J. Clarkson was hired to direct , which would have made her the first woman to helm a movie. Fast-forward to today, it’s been announced that Clarkson will direct and executive produce the pilot for the prequel series, and according to Deadline, she obtained the job after recently becoming available. It was then noted that “has since been shelved.” While this doesn’t constitute official confirmation that is no more, it certainly doesn’t bode well for the project.
was officially announced shortly before ‘s release in summer 2016, and the plan was for James T. Kirk to meet his father, George Kirk, who died shortly James was born in this continuity. But a couple months after S.J. Clarkson was hired to direct , the production hit a major development snag. Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth exited talks with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media over due to pay disputes. The two actors wanted to stick with their existing deals, but Paramount and Skydance wanted them to take pay cuts in order for the budget to work, with it being noted how underperformed commercially.
Since then, there’s been no movement on , and now if this latest report is to be believed, it’s apparently dead in space. It remains to be seen if Paramount will officially confirm or deny this claim, but for those of you who enjoyed the adventures of the Kelvin timeline’s U.S.S. Enterprise crew, you might have to make due with being their last cinematic tale and check out some of their comic book adventures from IDW to see what other strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations they came across.
Assuming is indeed dead, where does that leave the franchise on film? Well, during that period where there was barely any news about ‘s development, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino pitched his own idea, and ‘s Mark L. Smith was hired to write a screenplay based on said idea. It was later clarified that both and Tarantino’s project were simultaneously in development, so perhaps with out of the picture, more time and effort will be poured into making the Tarantino project happen.
For now though, the franchise is still chugging along on the small screen. The CBS All Access streaming site, to be specific. Season 2 premieres next week, and both and are on the way. For any major updates about the future of the film series, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.