After a few years of false dawns, the return of Star Trek to the big screen may finally be happening – and JJ Abrams remains involved.

Paramount’s attempts to get another entry in the long-running Star Trek series into cinemas have been interesting to say the least. For such an enormous and valuable franchise, the last few years has seen them make some left-field moves that you wouldn’t necessarily find in any studio executive’s corporate handbook.

First there was the rather public disagreement in 2018 between studio and stars, over the salary for the series’ leads. That led to what is most likely the end of the more recent series of films.

The years since has seen Paramount flirt with individual storytellers of the likes of Noah Hawley and Quentin Tarantino, choices that would have no doubt led to memorable films, but not perhaps the kind of franchise filmmakers who you’d pick to relaunch such a valuable property.

Although you can count us among those who think it’s shame that we’ll never get to see a Star Trek film made by either of those enormously talented filmmakers, some semblance of order seems to have been restored at Paramount with the news that JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company is leading development of a new Star Trek film project. The level of Abrams’ involvement (he of course directed the 2009 reboot and its 2013 sequel) has yet to be confirmed, but it’s unlikely he’ll return to the director’s chair for a third time.

What has been confirmed is that Kalinda Vazquez will be penning the screenplay for the film.

Vazquez comes from a background in TV, with writing credits that include Paramount’s Star Trek Discovery, the show set early in the Star Trek timeline. Whether that means the new film will be set in the same era remains to be seen, as nothing is yet confirmed. There’s even the possibility that the project could go directly to Paramount Plus, the company’s streaming service, to drive up subscribers. You can be sure though that when we do hear more, we’ll keep you informed.

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