Since the lackluster box office response to the third installment in the rebooted Star Trek franchise, plans for the future have been in a state of flux. Generating a modest $343 worldwide against a $185 million production budget, Paramount attempted to renegotiate reduced deals with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth (who was set to reprise his role from the first film as Kirk's Dad), this move wasn't well received by the Chrises which they swiftly rejected.
Despite the issues with the cast, Paramount hired S.J. Clarkson to direct the untitled sequel, and pre-production tentatively got underway. However, Clarkson was recently announced as directing the forthcoming Game of Thrones spin-off pilot (that may or may not be called The Long Night), which means she won't have time to helm Star Trek 4. According to Deadline, Paramount has scrapped now the version of the script Clarkson would have directed, leaving the future of Star Trek once again in a decidedly grey area. To confuse matters further Quentin Tarantino's long-mooted Star Trek film is starting to look like it might happen. While I think it's unlikely that he'll direct, Tarantino's story pitch had Paramount very excited, and they recently hired The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith to start working on a script.
The fate of the big screen franchise (in its current form) might be unclear, but there is no shortage of new Star Trek offerings beaming their way to our homes. The second season of Star Trek Discovery arrives in just over a week, the CBS All Access series left the season one finale on a tantalizing cliffhanger. The Discovery came face to face with the legendary Starship Enterprise, captained by Christopher Pike. If that's not enough for you, the man, the myth, the make it so legend aka Jean-Luc Picard is back to seek out new lifeforms. Patrick Stewart returns as the now retired Captain for an 8-episode limited series that will launch on CBS All Access later this year. UK fans can catch new episodes (weekly) of Discovery on Netflix starting from January 18.