Director Matt Shakmanwho was chosen to direct a new film by Star Trek for Paramount, he abandoned the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This film would be the fourth in the series after Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk, which was first introduced in 2009. The news comes when Marvel announced that Matt Shakman was in talks to direct their new movie. Fantastic 4.
Matt Shakman He was supposed to direct an untitled Star Trek movie for Paramount, but dropped it due to scheduling conflicts with the Fantastic Four project. Deadline previously reported that Shakman was in initial talks to direct the latest attempt to launch a Fantastic Four franchise. While there has been no official confirmation that Shakman has signed, Shakman’s departure from Star Trek would suggest that we are one step away from closing the deal.
The Paramount Statement
An official Paramount statement reads: “Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented director and we are sorry that the times have not aligned for him to direct our next Star Trek movie. ” The Star Trek film, directed by Shakman, was originally slated for a December 23, 2023 release date.
Shakman has worked with Marvel Studios in the past, directed the first Disney + series of the MCU, WandaVision, premiered in early 2021. His Fantastic Four film will not be the first attempt to bring the team to the big screen. In 2005, Tim Story directed a Fantastic Four film with the quartet of Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans and Jessica Alba. That film had a sequel in 2007, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. However, in 2015, 20th Century Fox restarted the series with a new team consisting of Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell.
Outside the MCU, Matt Shakman made a name for himself in the TV world while directing episodes of Game of Thrones, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Fargo, to name a few. Shakman’s Fantastic Four will mark his second feature film director.