S.J. Clarkson to Direct 'Star Trek 4,' Becoming Franchise's First Female Director

S.J. Clarkson to Direct 'Star Trek 4,' Becoming Franchise's First Female Director

Apr 27, 2018

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Last summer, Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, was a huge success for Warner Bros. and DC. Recently, Ava DuVernay signed on to direct superhero adventure New Gods for DC and Cathy Yan was chosen to direct an untitled girl gang movie for DC that may be Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Currently, Captain Marvel is filming, under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Women are finally, increasingly, landing high-profile jobs directing big-budget movies. The latest news is that S.J. Clarkson will direct Star Trek 4 for Paramount Pictures, according to Variety. This comes on the heels of the studio's confirmation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that it will be making more installments in the series.


Let's break this down further.

Who is S.J. Clarkson?

She began her screen career by directing episodic British television shows, including EastEnders, Hustle and Life on Mars, and then U.S. shows like Banshee, Bates Motel, The Bridge, Orange Is the New Black and Vinyl. She's helmed episodes of superhero shows Jessica Jones and The Defenders for Marvel and Netflix.

Most recently, she worked on crime series Collateral. Star Trek 4 will be her feature debut.

Who will star in Star Trek 4?

Chris Pine (Captain James T. Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Commander Spock) are set to return; we have yet to hear confirmation about other members of the crew, including Karl Urban (Bones), Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty) and John Cho (Sulu). Sadly, Anton Yelchin passed away, so the fate of his character (Chekov) will need to be resolved. Paramount has also announced that Chris Hemsworth will be returning.

Wait, Chris Hemsworth? What's the story for Star Trek 4?

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the screenplay. Reportedly, James Kirk will see his father, George Kirk, "in a time travel ploy." Hemsworth memorably played George Kirk in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009), but we don't yet know if it's a cameo or a more substantial role.

When might we see Star Trek 4 in theaters?

No official word has been given. The summer of 2019 is a possibility.

What does this mean for Quentin Tarantino's R-rated Star Trek?

It's still in development, per Variety. The screenplay is still being written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is set in a separate timeline from the main rebooted series, so anything can happen. Tarantino is busy prepping his next movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is due out in August 2019, so he could still theoretically direct after that.

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