Paramount reportedly shelves Star Trek 4

Hopes for a fourth installment of the Kelvin Timeline Star Trek film series are fading as director S.J. Clarkson was announced today as the pilot director and an executive producer on HBO's upcoming Game Of Thrones spin-off, which will be set some 5,000 years prior to the mainline series.

Immediately following the release of 2016's Star Trek: Beyond which was said to be a bit of a disappointment to the studio there was a surprising announcement that Paramount would go full speed ahead with Star Trek 4 and that we would be seeing it very quickly. By all appearances the shelved project is Star Trek 4.

Talk of a Quentin Tarantino-penned movie had been floated, but then reported contract negotiations between Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who'd played Kirk's father in the 2009 film, were said to have collapsed in August a year ago.

According to Deadline "Clarkson was recruited by HBO for GOT after she recently became available".

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In August 2018, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who played Kirk's father in the 2009 Star Trek film) might not rejoin the series due to contract problems.

In addition to Star Trek 4, Paramount has also been developing a Trek movie based upon an idea by Quentin Tarantino, who is now occupied with his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ahead of its release in July.

Meanwhile, the franchise continues on the small screen with Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access and a Jean-Luc Picard series is being developed for the streaming video on demand service.

The franchise took a step back financially with 2016's Star Trek Beyond, earning $343.3 million worldwide from a $185 million budget.

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