Matt Shakman Exits as ”Star Trek” Director

Chris Pine in
Chris Pine in "Star Trek Beyond"

Star Trek is down a director.

It has been six years since Captain Kirk and his crew graced screens in Star Trek Beyond. Although another film in the franchise was announced shortly after, it appears as though we may have to wait a little longer for it to hit cinemas as a result of a recent development. 

Paramount Pictures had chosen Matt Shakman to helm the project, but the WandaVision director has now pulled out, leaving the (space)ship without a captain to guide it. 

“Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film,” Paramount Pictures said in a statement. “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 all around world.”

Shakman’s withdrawal is based on reports that he is set to direct the Fantastic Four for Marvel Studios. The movie will kick off Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the film due out on November 8, 2024.

As Paramount searches for Shakman’s replacement, it is not yet known if it will delay Star Trek’s release which is currently scheduled for December 22, 2023.