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.

Image: The Everett Collection

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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Barry22 1 month 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 1 month ago
That's too funny!
Robin 1 month 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 23 days ago
The new Star Trek movies are trash.
texasluva OldTVfanatic 11 days 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.
AdrMky 1 month 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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