Buried in a recent casting report from Deadline concerning the Game of Thrones prequel The Long Night, they reveal that SJ Clarkson was able to direct The Long Night pilot for HBO because Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek 4 has been reportedly shelved.
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.
The hook of Star Trek 4 was said to be another time-traveling story that would see Chris Hemsworth return as James Kirk’s (Chris Pine) father George Kirk. Well, the big reason for the production delays (was set to begin filming this month at one time) was that the studio couldn’t get Pine and Hemsworth to agree to their offer leading to the production going on hiatus.
There is a really good chance that Paramount Pictures could end up putting their energy into the Quentin Tarantino project (rumored to be R-rated) that currently has The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith penning a draft at the moment as Tarantino is working on finishing up his 1960s film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.
When that project is expected to see the light of day is unknown but with news of Star Trek 4 being shelved, there could be more interest in getting that together sooner as Quentin is set to release his next film on July 26th of this year giving them possibly a window to make it before Tarantino jumps onto something else.
Details a little more scarce about the Tarantino project but given the talk of an R-rating, it’s unlikely that they’ll want to mix the mainstream Trek characters into that. I had originally thought that it might be a Next Generation or Klingon film.
This could also be the reason why there has been an upswing of Star Trek shows announced recently.