Paramount has announced a new Star Trek movie, set for release on June 9, 2023. J.J. Abrams, who directed 2009's Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness, returns as producer for the project.
A statement from StarTrek.com reads: "This will be the first new Star Trek film since the last installment in the Kelvin-verse series, Star Trek Beyond, director Justin Lin's 2016 installment. As of now, there is no official information concerning the director of this latest movie, nor do we know whether or not we'll be exploring more of the Kelvin-verse, perhaps pick up from where Star Trek: Nemesis left off with The Next Generation films, or if the film will follow a new plot entirely through the Prime timeline."
Last month, we learned Paramount had chosen Star Trek: Discovery writer and consulting producer Kalinda Vazquez to write the script for an upcoming Star Trek movie. However, according to io9, some reports indicate that the 2023 movie is not written by Vazquez and may be a separate project.
Confusingly, Abrams is still producing Vasquez’s Star Trek movie, which came from an original pitch from the writer. There was some speculation about whether or not it could connect to the current Star Trek TV Universe in some way – we'll have to wait and see how things continue to develop.
Things have been on the up and up for the Star Trek franchise. Earlier in the week, the first trailer for the forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery season 4. The series is coming off a highly lauded season 3, which saw main character Michael Burnham promoted to captain. Star Trek: Discovery season 4 debuts later this year.
There are no details on who will direct or star in the new Star Trek movie or what the exact timeline or story details will be, but in the meantime, you can check out some other space adventures included in our list of best sci-fi movies.