Star Trek Getting Blockbuster Reboot From X-Men Producer

By Chris Snellgrove | Published

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After the less-than-interstellar box office of Star Trek Beyond, this famous sci-fi franchise has been sticking to television adventures like Discovery and Strange New Worlds. However, the latest Star Trek reboot is going full steam ahead at Paramount, and it looks like the studio is trying to beam up some major talent for the new film. Paramount is in talks with Simon Kinberg, best known for producing the X-Men films from 20th Century Fox, to produce this upcoming sci-fi reboot.

A Prequel To The Kelvinverse

It’s easy to get your head turned around regarding Paramount’s many Trek projects. To clarify, Kinberg is in talks to produce the previously-announced Star Trek reboot that will take place decades before the Star Trek (2009) film. That would theoretically place that movie in the Prime timeline, but the movie “is said to involve the creation of the Starfleet and humankind’s first contact with alien life.” 

No One Knows What Paramount Is Doing With The Timeline

Taken at face value, that could mean this upcoming film will be a much more dramatic reboot of the timeline than most fans were expecting. In the current Star Trek lore, the Enterprise show, which takes place about a century before The Original Series, already featured Starfleet officers exploring deep space. Additionally, Star Trek: First Contact already showed humanity’s titular first contact with the aliens…in this case, the Vulcans who landed on Earth in 2063.

In other words, we have no idea what the heck Paramount is doing with this Star Trek reboot when it comes to established timelines or existing canon.

J.J. Abrams Is Involved


What we do know is that the film will be directed by  Toby Haynes, someone best known to sci-fi nerds for directing episodes of the hit Star Wars show Andor. Speaking of Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker director J.J. Abrams will be a producer on this reboot, and if Paramount’s negotiations go well, he will be joined by veteran X-Men producer Simon Kinberg.

The Man Behind The Best And Worst X-Men Movies

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At this juncture, it’s hard to tell whether the addition of Kinberg as a producer spells great news for this Star Trek reboot or not. On one hand, he has produced some of the best superhero films ever made, including X-Men: Days of Future Past, Logan, and Deadpool. On the other hand, he made his directorial debut with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and the less said about that film, the better.

Star Trek: Beyond Sequel Still In Production

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If nothing else, Paramount’s negotiations with a big industry name like Simon Kinberg show that they are serious about making this Star Trek reboot happen. That’s reassuring because, in a bizarre move, the studio is also working on a sequel to Star Trek Beyond that is meant to bring the original reboot crew’s adventures to a close.

That film has been stuck in a development hell even scarier than the franchise’s infamous Badlands, and it might take more than a few miracle workers like Simon Pegg’s Scotty for it to see the light of day.

We’ll Believe Paramount Once The Credits Are Rolling

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As for the Star Trek reboot that will be produced by Abrams and quite possibly Kinberg, there is no firm release date, but Paramount is hoping for it to premiere in 2025. Whether or not the studio ends up being bought by either Sony or Skydance could, of course,  certainly influence its release window. Given Paramount’s current drama and long history of trying to make another Trek reboot happen, let’s hope this latest effort doesn’t prove to be their own Kobayashi Maru.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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