The fourth Star Trek reboot movie is back on — with a new director

After being shelved for nearly a year, the film is back in production.

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The new Star Trek franchise has been up in the air for a little over a year now. The reboot series, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban, delivered three movies between 2009 and 2016. 

The last film, 2016's Star Trek Beyond, underwhelmed at the box office and struggled to break even financially. It didn't help that just a month before the movie's release, one of the main cast — Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov — passed away in an automobile accident. While there had been plans for a fourth movie with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as Kirk's father, negotiations with the stars were difficult and Hemsworth walked away from the project in August of 2018.

In January of 2019, Paramount canceled development of the fourth film indefinitely.

But now, nearly a year later, Star Trek is back.

As of November 2019, it has been announced that the as-of-yet untitled fourth Star Trek movie is back in development. So far, cast members confirmed to return are Chris Pine (Kirk), Zachary Quinto (Spock), Zoë Saldaña (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and Karl Urban (McCoy). There are no plans to recast Yelchin's part. 

The biggest change is the director, with Noah Hawley replacing Beyond's Justin Lin. Hawley is best known for his work on the FX TV series Fargo and Legion, as well as the 2019 Natalie Portman movie Lucy in the Sky. 

So far we don't have any plot details, release date, or any word about who this installment's villain will be (previously we've seen Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan and Idris Elba as Krall) but the news of a new director being brought in is a hopeful sign. As is the return of many of the core cast. 

What would you like to see from the newest Star Trek film? Which storyline do you want to see explored?

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peacefrog77 51 months ago
God no
Jar Trek was the beginning of dumbed down
Virtue Signaling nonsense. That they said was Star Trek. But only millennials and sjws bought that line.
Spaceseed 51 months ago
How about a return to the asteroid planet where McCoy married Yolanda and promised to return or the return of Kirks enemy Ron Tracy previously played by the great character actor Morgan Woodward.
Greg 54 months ago
Given the lack of originality in movies a few possibilities. A mysterious virus turns all the Klingons and Romulans into Zombie's that want Spock's Brain or Spock is bitten by a Werewolf and Uhura a Vampire can they make their love work anyway! What if the Enterprise has to rob a Casino run by the Ferengi or the Enterprise must time travel to stop time traveling NAZIs from John Gills planet who want the Ark of the Covenant. Shatner's toupee mates with a Tribble and creates a race of self replicating pieces that take over Florida. They go to planet METV where never ending reruns of Andy Griffith puts them in a trance. As the Capt struggle's to get out of his Lazy Boy Aunt B brings fresh pie.
Buck 54 months ago
"The last film, 2016's Star Trek Beyond, underwhelmed at the box office and struggled to break even financially."
Part of that is due to the Sulu character having a husband. I didn't want to see the movie after I heard that. I don't have any problems with gays. I do have a problem with Hollywood taking an established franchise with established characters and using it to shove political correctness down our throats. Even George Takai, the original Sulu, advised them not to do it. It's costing them fans (and their money). If the next Star Trek movie goes "politically correct" on us again, it may mean the end of the franchise.
Greg Buck 54 months ago
I doubt if you're "ok with gays" if you refuse to see a movie because of it. Also by the way you call treating people all the same "shoving political correctness down our throats" In the 60s having a black woman as a Bridge Officer was reacted to the same way.
Spaceseed Greg 51 months ago
Uhura was always black. Sulu wasn’t always gay character but was a manly man. Political Correctness is blinding you to Trek history.
Barry22 56 months ago
Since this is an alternate Star trek universe, make a movie where Tribbles are vicious beasts and are invading the galaxy, and are led by Harry Mudd. I'll stop now.
Moody Barry22 56 months ago
That's too funny!
Robin 56 months ago
What would I like to see in the new movie? A return to the original Star Trek universe. This new one sucks more than a Hoover. It bears almost NO resemblance to the Star Trek we all know and love. They should have either changed the names of the characters or adhered to the original concept.

OldTVfanatic Robin 55 months ago
The new Star Trek movies are trash.
texasluva OldTVfanatic 55 months ago
I actually liked Star Trek 2009 and it has a decent rating. Unfortunately times, people and directors all change. There will always be the old classic Star Trek and movies to watch.
Buck Robin 54 months ago
With time travel and alternate universes, characters from other star trek franchises could make appearances also. I wouldn't mind seeing 7 of 9 again:) Also a story on the origins of the Borg might be interesting. The writers really have an opportunity to get creative again.
AdrMky 56 months ago
By answering the quesion on ..What would you like to see from the newest Star Trek film? Which storyline do you want to see explored? At least put William Shatner in the film, explain a little more onthe half brother of Spock Sybok and imclude the Klingons.
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