There’s this meme that shows a stock photo of a man turning to look at a woman walking by. And that despite the fact that he is obviously out with his partner, who is more than outraged about it. The “Distracted Boyfriend” motif has been used online since 2017 to humorously illustrate any form of implied infidelity, jealousy and desire for something else. In the case of Star Trek 4, this meme inevitably comes to mind when listening to director Matt Shakman’s explanation of why he left the project for Marvel.
When is Star Trek 4 in cinemas?
Although the Star Trek brand has recently experienced an upswing thanks to successful series such as Picard, Strange New Worlds or Discovery on Paramount Plus, it is unfortunately still in the stars when Star Trek 4 will be a new feature film. The planned sequel to Star Trek Beyond, starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto, will also be produced by JJ Abrams again.
Matt Shakman was signed to direct. The US filmmaker has primarily attracted attention in recent years as a director of television series. Among other things, he worked for Dr. House (2007 – 2012), Game of Thrones (2017) or The Boys (2019). However, the filmmaker has since thrown in the towel because he couldn’t seem to resist Marvel’s lure.
Star Trek 4 loses director to the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the start of Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Industry insiders firmly believe that the MCU’s 31st film will prove to be a huge box-office hit. Matt Shakman apparently couldn’t resist directing a major Marvel blockbuster himself, despite his commitment to Star Trek 4.
And so he decided to join the planned reboot of Die Fantastischen Vier. His statement on the move away from Star Trek and towards Disney reads very diplomatically: “Working with JJ Abrams on Star Trek lasted just over a year and was great. I love this franchise and I love this cast, that JJ pulled together and it would have been an incredible pleasure to do the fourth feature film with them”.
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But Matt Shakman also clarifies: “Movie projects evolve in different ways and sometimes schedules change by leaps and bounds. When the opportunity presented itself with Fantastic Four, I couldn’t resist coming home to Marvel.” The director is alluding to an earlier engagement in the MCU. For Disney Plus, Matt Shakman directed all nine episodes of the acclaimed Marvel series Wanda Vision in 2021. Fantastic Four will be part of the sixth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The theatrical release is scheduled for February 14, 2025.
Quelle: The Wrap
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