The tortured sequel, according to a former Star Trek 4 director, is still alive in some form

The tortured sequel, according to a former Star Trek 4 director, is still alive in some form ...

Beyond and Into Darkness didn't quite reach the critical acclaim they had in 2009, but they weren't slouches either, showing that this age of revisiting beloved IPs doesn't always have to be the grueling and exhausting experience it's meant to be.

Star Trek 4's tentatively-titled sequel has been one major setback for the otherwise prolific reboot. Names such as Quentin Tarantino and Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) have departed from the film, and there has been no new update since the summer of last year.

Despite the fact that Star Trek 4 is still developing, Matt Shakman, the most recent person to direct it before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, said he would not even be able to discuss his previous involvement since the film's trajectory reportedly hasn't changed much since.

Shakman was signed to the Star Trek 4 project in the summer of 2021 following his participation in the MCU's first Disney Plus miniseries WandaVision, before departing in August of last year to direct the franchise's Fantastic Four reboot. It's an oddly poetic turn of events for the project; the very thing that resulted in his being hired was precisely what drew him away.

Paramount will have to put a bit more pressure on itself to get Star Trek 4 off the ground in a timely manner. However, as with any film, the studio wants to avoid as many delays as possible from here on out.