SJ Clarkson, best known for producing and directing Collateral, was set to be the first female director to helm a film in the new Star Trek franchise.
However, Deadline reported this past Tuesday:
“SJ Clarkson (‘Marvel’s The Defenders’, ‘Jessica Jones’) has been tapped to direct and executive produce HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel pilot from feature writer Jane Goldman and author/GOT co-executive producer George R.R. Martin.”
Clarkson’s departure was the latest salvo in an embattled production. Chris Hemsworth was in talks to reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk’s father, George Kirk. However, contract negotiations between Hemsworth, as well as between the studio and its star, Chris Pine, broke down. The loss of their director seems to have been the last straw and Star Trek 4 has been shelved.
Many fans were heartbroken.
"#StarTrek4 has been shelved". That's the news I was waiting to definitely believe in it. Dang @ParamountPics @bad_robot #CAA the agency of #ChrisPine and #ChrisHemsworth. And I'm sorry to say I'm sad and pissed off with The Pine and The Hems, too. ???????????? https://t.co/JqYAdsnhjt pic.twitter.com/OqPJv7KKDI
— TrekkieKindTrekker (@tracking_ontrek) January 8, 2019
Damn! The trilogy was actually really good! https://t.co/KyRme7DoHh
— Naömi Vélez ✨ (@NomiVelez96) January 8, 2019
The franchise felt new again with the 2009 reboot. Into Darkness didn't recapture the magic the first film had. Beyond was good, but it felt like they'd lost the audience by then.
Perhaps it's just time to shelve ST again and start again in 5-10 years? Maybe TNG? https://t.co/xmdaXAO5EE
— Sexy PrimeBane™ (@PrimeBane) January 8, 2019
That is sad. I thoroughly enjoyed all three even if Into wasn’t perfect.
— Blaine Hodge (@nullterm) January 8, 2019
This sucks so bad ???? I love these movies.
— Daria K. (@IndieAme) January 8, 2019
Though some thought the franchise had run its course.
Honestly? I'd be fine with no more movies. Star Trek works best as a TV show. https://t.co/rIQCXYOPZn
— Gareth M. Skarka (@gmskarka) January 8, 2019
Fine with me. Last one had a series ending-appropriate, uh, ending, and CBS is doing Trek better with Discovery anyway. https://t.co/8kodxPlBMG
— Phillip McCarthy (@mcflipper) January 8, 2019
I'm kind of glad. I thought the 3rd was really disappointing.
— Adam America (Author) (@AdamAmericaBook) January 9, 2019
Personally I say good.. didn't enjoy these and would rather they took a break movies and focused on making better tv shows
— ???? Sir Henry Deadman ???? (@Yeahitis) January 9, 2019
And a few thought they simply needed to find a new director and keep it moving.
Should Star Trek skip right to Quentin Tarantino’s Rated-R movie?
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) January 8, 2019
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) January 8, 2019
Whether Star Trek 4 remains shelved indefinitely or only temporarily remains to be seen.