Producer, director, and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has currently been on a hot-streak with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. In a new interview conducted by Forbes, they have asked about McQuarrie’s interest in playing in the sandbox of Paramount’s Star Trek film franchise. Christopher revealing a desire to tackle the iconic science fiction landmark but has been too busy lately to consider it and hasn’t spoken to Skydance/Paramount.
Star Trek is another one of those doors I mentioned, if that door opened I would gladly go through it. I am a huge fan of Star Trek. I grew up on Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan is one of my favorite movies of all time, but we haven’t really talked about it because we’ve been so busy with the work in front of us.
Star Trek is really in an odd place at the moment as it will have three shows actively filming soon, while the two film projects are currently stuck in the development phase.
Quentin Tarantino had been developing his own Trek film project with The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith penning a script, the status is unknown. Details on that one have been scarce.
Star Trek 4 was set to begin shooting early next year in London with Jessica Jones’ S.J. Clarkson set to direct a script from Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. Black Panther’s Danai Gurira had been circling a new role in the film according to Deadline. Things broke down when Paramount couldn’t work out a new deal with stars Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth after that hiccup the sequel has been on hiatus. The expectation would have been that a time-travel plot would have brought Jim Kirk and his father George Kirk (played by Hemsworth) together.
Paramount had been nervous about overspending on a fourth film as Star Trek Beyond ended up making $124 million less than Star Trek Into Darkness. Perhaps, Christopher McQuarrie attaching himself to Star Trek 4 as a producer or director might get it going again. Fallout set a franchise record earning $791 million globally and making it the highest grossing Mission: Impossible installment. I’d also argue he brought an edge to Mission: Impossible and a seriousness that Trek could use.
Nothing says that will happen but what he did for Mission: Impossible might be a good reason for Paramount to consider this. He’s currently busy working on Top Gun: Maverick and we assume unofficially developing Mission: Impossible 7.
Paramount hasn’t set official release dates for either Star Trek films.