S.J. Clarkson will be directing the fourth Star Trek film. Clarkson will be the first woman director to helm a film for the Star Trek franchise.
Clarkson will be the first to helm a Star Trek film, but there have been a few women who have directed for the franchise. Gabrielle Beaumont was the first woman to direct for Star Trek, she directed a several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which starred Patrick Stewart. Roxann Dawson both starred and directed on Star Trek: Voyager, and carried on to direct several episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Other female Star Trek directors include: Kim Friedman,, Nancy Malone, and most recently Hanelle Culpepper for Star Trek: Discovery.
Paramount Pictures revealed this latest development at CinemaCon. The fourth film will revolve around the unexpected reunion between James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his father George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth). Time-travel is not a new thing for Star Trek, but it will be the first for the rebooted series.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penned the latest instalment. J.J Abrams and Lindsey Weber are producing through Bad Robot Productions. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will executive produce for Skydance Media.
Clarkson has largely done TV work and was most recently behind the camera for Marvel’s Jessica Jones and The Defenders.
This is a historic move for Star Trek, and a welcome change for the franchise.