Disney seems to have once again ruined Paramount’s hapless attempts to get another damn one of these Star Trek movies made, like THR reports that director Matt Shakman—who’s reportedly in talks to take it over Fantastic four movie for Disney’s Marvel Studios-has just dropped out from directing one of those trek movies that the studio promises to make constantly, but will never, ever make.
Shakman, who garnered Emmy nominations in 2020 and 2021 for his work on The big and WandaVisionrespectively, has been in the news lately, due to reports that he is being courted to take over the also pretty endless efforts to get a ?? Fantastic four film that is not embarrassing for all involved at the start. Before that, however, he had signed up to Star Trek movie that wasn’t the one Quentin Tarantino was going to make (dead), or the one that Noah Hawley would go to to make (also dead). Details about Shakman’s film were also: terribly shaky, but to the point that no one can even tell if Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldaña – who, you would be forgiven if you forgot, made Star Trek movies together for several years past— would be in the cast.
However, the somewhat hilarious thing about this bit of apparent poaching between studios is that it’s not the first time it’s happened between these two companies: lIt’s hard not to see parallels here the tug of war that surrounded Star Wars/Trek rebooter JJ Abrams a few years ago, after Paramount signed him to a first-look deal — and then had to watch him run off to make a Disney movie every time the studio chose to flowerput his phone on. (To be clear, Shakman doesn’t have the same agreement that Abrams had, but the shared willingness to dump) Star Trek at least working for The Mouse is still funny to us.)
Shakmans Fantastic four plans are still in the ‘in talks’ phase (although it’s hard not to notice that clearing this calendar this way looks like a promising sign). Meanwhile, Paramount has failed to make a Star Trek movie in theaters since Past in 2016, even though the franchise has had a renaissance of sorts on the studio’s streaming service, Paramount+. The studio released a statement this weekend to THRpraised Shakman’s talents:
Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker and we regret that the timing didn’t match for him directing our upcoming Star Trek movie. We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.