Star Trek 4 Shelved By Paramount Pictures


Star Trek 4 was going to reunite Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock, and it’s been revealed that the movie has been removed indefinitely from Paramount Pictures’ schedule. Widely expected to take the slot in December 2023 with director Matt Shakman at the helm, we were widely tipped to see a return for Simon Pegg, Karl Urban & Zoe Salanda with the crew.

However, in a statement late this week, Paramount Pictures confirmed that Shakman had left the project and said that they, “regret that the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film”. This film has seen constant ‘shelving’ and ‘announcements’ over the past four years, and it seems we are nowhere closer to a finalised product, a director or even a shooting date.

Star Trek 4 seems to have been shelved by Paramount

Cast Is Ready To Film Star Trek 4 Says Chris Pine

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The last Star Trek in the rebooted movie franchise we first saw back in 2009 from director JJ Abrams was Star Trek: Beyond in 2016. Whilst the release saw rave reviews from critics and even some Academy Award nominations it drastically underperformed at the box office with a $185 million budget only recouping $343m.

It was estimated the film lost at least $50m alone on this performance and it gave Paramount cold feet about green-lighting another high-budget return. In recent years we’ve seen a huge return & fanfare for the Star Trek franchise with Discovery, Strange New Worlds, Lower Decks and Patrick Stewart returning in Picard. Whilst the cast is ready to go and signed on for Star Trek 4, and the plans are still to release sometime in the near future, it appears the release, for the time being, has been put on the back burner.

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  1. Alexander Paolillo

    I agree, its the delay that is causing the issue. who does not want to see Chris Hemsworth be Chris pines Dad… hello!!!!

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