For their upcoming fourth film in the rebooted Star Trek series, Paramount Pictures is about to boldly go where they’ve never gone before: hiring a female director.
According to Variety, S.J. Clarkson has been chosen to be the first female director in the film franchise’s almost forty year history. Reportedly this fourth installment, as has long been rumored, will see the return of Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk, James T. Kirk (Chris Pine)’s father from the 2009 Star Trek reboot, thanks to some time travel shenanigans.
Clarkson handled the pilot for Marvel and Netflix’s Marvel’s Jessica Jones series and has also worked on Dexter, Orange is the New Black, Bates Motel and Marvel’s The Defenders. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penned the screenplay for Star Trek 4 and J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two installments of the rebooted franchise, will return as an executive producer alongside Lindsey Weber from Bad Robot Productions along with David Ellison & Dana Goldberg from Skydance Media.
This film is separate from the reported Star Trek film that Quentin Tarantino is writing, a film that is still in the process of writing, with that film reportedly to be produced by Abrams as well and to after this next film.
So far the status of the cast returning for the film is unknown as the contracts reportedly ran out after Star Trek Beyond back in 2016, directed by Justin Lin, though Zachary Quinto is reportedly set to return as Spock.