Paramount has a plan to bring Star Trek back to the big screen, Roddenberry Entertainment exec says –

A lot has happened in Star Trek since the release of Star Trek Beyond eight years ago; despite the launch of several live-action and animated Trek TV series (and even a streaming movie), a new feature film has yet to materialize. That’s not to say there hasn’t been any activity on the film side, as several projects have been developed (and shelved) over the years, both directly related to the three JJ Abrams-produced Kelvin films and beyond. All the stops and starts can seem confusing, leaving many fans to conclude that Star Trek is simply no longer a franchise capable of producing theatrical films. But now a Roddenberry Entertainment executive is offering a glimmer of hope.

There is a plan…

Trevor Roth is the COO and Head of Development for Roddenberry Entertainment. The company, owned by Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, maintains a good relationship with Paramount, with the stated goal of helping future Star Trek productions preserve Gene Roddenberry’s intent and legacy. Along with Rod Roddenberry, Roth is credited as an executive producer on all of the current Paramount+ Star Trek series. He attends Discovery season 5 premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier in the week, where he spoke with ScreenRant about the current state of the Trek feature films:

“I can’t say much, but I can say that Paramount’s intention is to unravel the land of the Star Trek movies and what’s going on there. There is every intention of releasing a new film in the very near future. There is great mystery surrounding what will happen there. But there is a plan that is being implemented. And we’re very excited to see him back on the big screen.”

Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Beyond

… but it’s complicated

Getting another Star Trek movie off the ground has proven difficult, and although stories of director changes and script revisions have surfaced, there are likely bigger complications at hand. In his discussion with ScreenRant, Trevor Roth admits that it’s just not an easy process:

“And I’ll tell you, you want to do it the right way. Still, the practical stuff comes in [the way]. People a lot of times ask themselves, “Oh, why isn’t this or that happening?” And sometimes those questions are really good questions. And other times, there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes that you don’t know about that can make things more difficult than you think. So all in all we’re getting there I understand and we’re excited and the plans are in place. And I know that from a studio perspective, there’s no lack of recognition of the desire and need for a Star Trek movie to come out.

Since January, Paramount has indicated that it is looking to develop an “original” film directed by Black mirror and Andor veteran Toby Haynes. The film will take place before the events of 2009 Star Trek movie and reportedly “expands the Star Trek universe.” Additionally, Paramount is still developing the direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek 4 Star Trek Beyond, is now reported to be the final chapter for the USS Enterprise cast, which includes Chris Pine (Kirk), Zoe Saldaña (Uhura), Karl Urban (McCoy), Simon Pegg (Scotty), and Zachary Quinto (Spock). Roth’s interview at SXSW didn’t specify which Star Trek movies in development he was talking about, but his comments, along with recent reports, could suggest that Paramount wants to wrap up the story of the USS Enterprise crew on the Kelvin Universe with a fourth film while developing this new one that will expand the Trek universe, giving them a fresh start to tell more stories on the big screen.

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Trevor Roth with the cast Discovery at SXSW

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