Star Trek 4 'has been shelved'

Enlarge Image The cinematic future of the Star Trek Enterprise looks a bit grim. Paramount

Enlarge Image The cinematic future of the Star Trek Enterprise looks a bit grim. Paramount

Deadline reported on January 8 that Star Trek's first female director S.J. Clarkson for Star Trek 4 was jumping off the Enterprise to go direct the upcoming HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series.

In addition to Star Trek 4, Paramount has also been developing a Trek movie based upon an idea by Quentin Tarantino, who is now occupied with his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ahead of its release in July.

Clarkson was set to become the first female director to helm a Star Trek movie in the franchise's history, but it signals the latest in a series of woes for the veteran sci-fi property in the big screen. Actors Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine have both reportedly walked away from the film amidst failed contract negotiations.

Star Trek 4 was the Voyage Home was one of the best performing, most beloved entries in the Star Trek movie series, from all appearances the Kelvin Timeline version of Star Trek will not be getting a fourth movie.

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2009's Star Trek earned $385.7 million worldwide from a $150 million budget, while 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness earned $467.3 million worldwide from a $190 million budget. Actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the new films, died in June 2016 in a vehicle accident. Now, Deadline reports that her availability to take the gig was a result of the planned Star Trek sequel being shelved.

What happens next with the new Star Trek film remains to be seen, but whatever the case, it seems like it won't be coming anytime soon.

Hopes for a fourth installment of the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek film series are fading as director S.J. "He knew if he was going to go back to Picard, it needed to be for the greatest reason ever".

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