Clarkson – A Female Director For Star Trek Franchise
Director SJ Clarkson is the first female to helm a film in the Star Trek franchise. She is seen here posing at the Grand Hyatt on February 16, 2011 in Berlin, Germany – Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Europe.
S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct Star Trek 4, making her the first female to helm a film in the Star Trek franchise, according to an exclusive report by Justin Kroll, film reporter at the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
Paramount Pictures had no comment. The studio announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that it was planning a fourth movie with Chris Hemsworth, who appeared as Chris Pine’s father in 2009’s Star Trek. Zachary Quinto is also set to return. Paramount is developing another Star Trek film from J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino, but sources say it is still being written and would come after the fourth movie.
While details on Star Trek 4 are vague, sources say a key plot point sees Pine’s character running into his father (Hemsworth) in a time travel ploy.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penned the screenplay. Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions, while David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Media will executive produce.
The original 2009 reboot Star Trek earned $385 million worldwide, while its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness made $467 million globally in 2013. The third, Star Trek Beyond, brought in $343 million worldwide in 2016.
Clarkson is best known for her work on the TV scene with shows such as Dexter, Bates Motel, Orange is the New Black, and Jessica Jones. Clarkson recently directed a handful of episodes for Marvel’s The Defenders.
Clarkson is repped by WME and the Curtis Brown Group.