The Star Trek franchise has been a staple of science fiction for over five decades. Since the release of the first Star Trek movie in 1979, fans have been eagerly awaiting the next installment in this beloved series.
The History of Star Trek on the Big Screen
Over the years, there have been a total of 13 Star Trek movies released in theaters. The most recent film, Star Trek Beyond, was released in 2016. Since then, there has been no official announcement regarding another movie.
Despite this silence from the studio and filmmakers, rumors have been circulating for years about potential new projects. Here is a breakdown of some of the most talked-about possibilities:
Quentin Tarantino’s R-Rated Star Trek Movie
In December 2017, it was reported that director Quentin Tarantino had pitched an R-rated version of a Star Trek movie to J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures. The project gained momentum when Mark L. Smith was hired to write the script.
However, since then, Tarantino has stated that he plans to retire after making his tenth movie, which means that if this project does move forward, it will likely be without him at the helm.
Noah Hawley’s Untitled Star Trek Movie
In November 2019, it was announced that Fargo creator Noah Hawley would be writing and directing a new Star Trek movie for Paramount Pictures. The project was said to feature a new cast of characters and would not be connected to previous films or TV shows.
Since then, there have been no updates regarding this project. It is unclear whether or not it is still in development.
The Future of Star Trek on the Big Screen
Despite the lack of official announcements, there is still hope for a new Star Trek movie in the future. With multiple streaming series currently airing on CBS All Access (soon to be rebranded as Paramount+), it’s clear that the franchise is still popular and profitable.
Additionally, with the success of other sci-fi franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, there is still a market for big-budget genre films. It’s likely that studios will continue to explore ways to expand the Star Trek universe on the big screen.
While there is no concrete information about when or if another Star Trek movie will be released, fans can remain optimistic. The franchise has a long history of reinventing itself and finding new audiences. Whether it’s through a continuation of the current movie timeline or a fresh start with a new cast and crew, there are plenty of possibilities for the future of Star Trek on the big screen.