According to Deadline, a new Star Trek film is in development with Emmy-winning Andor director Toby Haynes at the helm. Paramount is seeking to continue and expand the Star Trek IP by building on the “Kelvin Timeline” established in by J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot. Furthermore, Abrams himself will be producing the film through his studio Bad Robot, and Seth Grahame-Smith will write the script. For reference, the last Star Trek cinematic release was 2016’s Beyond. With Star Trek 4 still in development hell, it is unknown when we can expect a release date.

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What Will the Film be About?

While the film’s plot is currently early in development and under wraps, there are a few details we know. The film will be a prequel to 2009’s Star Trek set decades earlier. Of course, it is important to note that this film is separate from Star Trek 4, which is still in development. It is unknown if this film will reflect other Star Trek prequels such as First Contact or include characters previously shown in the Kelvin timeline. As for the aforementioned sequel to 2016’s Beyond, it has followed a rough development hell. The film shifted in and out of production and cycled through directors Matt Shakman, Noah Hawley, S.J. Clarkson, and even Quentin Tarantino.

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Does This Film Have Potential?

Despite the few details we have, the film has strong potential as an addition to the Star Trek saga. In 2022, Toby Haynes proved himself as a capable director with Andor, one of the more well-recieved entries in Disney’s Star Wars. Ironically, Haynes was also the director of the 2017 Black Mirror episode “U.S.S. Callister,” which parodied Star Trek. Outside of film, the Star Trek franchise has been alive and well with shows like Picard, Strange New Worlds, and even animated series such as Prodigy. Only through maintaining a presence on the big screen can this classic franchise live long and prosper.

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