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Future of STAR TREK Film Series In Doubt As Director S.J. Clarkson Departs

Future of STAR TREK Film Series In Doubt As Director S.J. Clarkson Departs

Hopes for a fourth installment of the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek film series are fading as director S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct and executive produce the Game of Thrones prequel pilot for HBO.

As reported by Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, Clarkson became available to take on the GOT project only after the planned Star Trek film was shelved by Paramount.

I hear Clarkson was recruited by HBO for GOT after she recently became available. Earlier this year, Clarkson was the first female director to be tapped to direct a Star Trek movie when she was hired to helm the fourth feature in the current series. That project has since been shelved.

Following the film’s initial announcement, back in 2016, following the release of Star Trek Beyond, and the more recent breakdown in negotiations with the planned film’s stars Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, Paramount’s decision to not move forward with Star Trek 4 coupled with Clarkson’s departure from the project comes as what may be a deathblow for the the future of film — and possibly the Kelvin Timeline, as well.

The unnamed fourth Star Trek Kelvin Timeline film was set to follow 2009’s successful Star Trek reboot, 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, and 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

In 2017, Karl Urban, who stars as Leonard “Bones” McCoy, said he would be content with Beyond being the final installment in the series.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Bryce Stock

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Lets just get Bad Robot completely off Star Wars and Star Trek. I hate the mystery box, it leads to shallow story telling.

  2. dont have one

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    although I loved the actors in there portrayal of the original Star Trek crew, JJ Trek was gutter slew from the git go.We need GOOD Trek again! Stop with the multiple Franchise Beginning stories and let’s move on to new stuff. I agree with Bryce. *points at JJ* BAD ROBOT! *punch, kick, push, kick, punch, piledriver*

  3. Will

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Seriously JJ trek doesn’t even follow the whole original idea of Star Trek

  4. Adam C. Kooyer

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Star Trek IV (Kelvin Timeline): They had a chance to write completely original material and have botched it from INTO DARKNESS. These are reckless action films filled with eye candy which ignore science and miss the entire point of the original concept. While the cast is amazing, the new films have lost their way. Unless they decide to bring in some original producers and directors to help the younger crew who currently helms the movie series, they will never get it right. I say let it die. Who bloody cares? Not anyone who truly loves Trek.

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