Simon Pegg is "very excited" about S.J. Clarkson signing on to direct Star Trek 4. The fate of the fourth movie in the Star Trek reboot series (aka. the Kelvin Timeline) has been up in the air since Star Trek Beyond disappointed at the box office two years ago. Fortunately, things have started to turn around for the film of late. Paramount confirmed at CinemaCon last month that Star Trek 4 is one of two Star Trek movies in active development - the other being Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek film - and then the day after, news broke that S.J. Clarkson is signing on to direct Star Trek 4.
Clarkson has a long and impressive resume of directing for television. She helmed the first two episodes of Marvel's Jessica Jones and The Defenders, as well as multiple episodes of Life on Mars, Dexter, and Banshee. Clarkson also worked with the Kelvin Timeline's young Spock actor, Zachary Quinto, on the TV series Heroes in the 2000s, as Pegg referenced in a recent interview.
During an interview with JoBlo to promote his new film Terminal, Pegg discussed the Star Trek reboot movies and reiterated that he's looking forward to reuniting with the series' cast. He also took a moment to touch upon Clarkson being hired for Star Trek 4, and added he's happy that a woman is finally directing a Star Trek movie:
[There's] so much more to do with those characters. I'm very excited about S.J. Clarkson being hired. [J.J. Abrams] emailed us about that just before it was announced. Everybody was so excited. I think [Zachary Quinto has] actually worked with her. I've seen stuff she's done, and I think it's a great choice, and it's about time.
Star Trek has always been forward thinking in its themes and casting, so it's good to see the franchise taking steps forward behind the camera too. Clarkson isn't the only woman to land a big-budget movie recently either; Ava DuVernay signed on to helm DC's New Gods earlier this year, as did Cathy Yan for DC's Birds of Prey and Michelle MacLaren for Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking. Obviously, female blockbuster directors are still extremely rare, but it's nice to see studios taking steps to change that at long, long last.
It's also good to see Star Trek 4 moving forward again, after having spent much of 2017 in development limbo. Star Trek Beyond may have disappointed financially, but it wasn't a proper bomb (it grossed $343 million worldwide, albeit on a $185 million budget) and was better received by Trekkies than its relatively unpopular predecessor, Star Trek Into Darkness. The demand is there for another adventure with the Star Trek movie reboot crew (sadly, sans the late Anton Yelchin), and by the look of things Star Trek 4 is now on course to arrive within the next two years.
We will bring you more details on Star Trek 4 as they become available.