It seems like Star Trek 4 won’t be happening after all after the film’s touted director moved over to the forthcoming Game of Thrones prequel. In 2017, Paramount Pictures announced news of a follow up to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond – which saw villain Idris Elba battling it out against Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock.
However, it now appears that Star Trek 4 might not be heading for the stars after all. Clarkson was yesterday announced as the pilot director and an executive producer on HBO’s upcoming Game Of Thrones spin-off, which takes place some 5,000 years previously to the original series.
According to Deadline, Clarkson’s Thrones commitments now mean that the planned sequel has been shelved. However, it’s believed that this is entirely separate to the “R-rated” Star Trek movie that Quentin Tarantino plans to direct.
This is just the latest setback for Star Trek 4, as it was previously reported that Chris Pine–who played the iconic Captain Kirk–had dropped out after contract negotiations broke down. Chris Hemsworth, who played Kirk’s father, also reportedly couldn’t come to terms on a contract.