Star Trek is expanding its cinematic universe with an upcoming film that delves into the origins of Starfleet. Despite the ongoing development of a fourth Star Trek movie set in the Kelvin timeline, a new project has been unveiled.
Toby Haynes, known for directing episodes of Andor, is set to direct the film, working from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith (It, Lego Batman). The film will be produced by J.J. Abrams, a familiar name in the Star Trek franchise, especially considering the story is set decades before the events portrayed in his 2009 Star Trek film.
While the details of the film’s storyline are yet to be disclosed, it has been labeled as an origin story. Given that Abrams covered the origins of the main characters in his original Star Trek film, it’s plausible to assume that the focus could be on the formation and early days of Starfleet.
The announcement of this project comes at a time when Star Trek is flourishing on television, with popular shows like Strange New Worlds, Picard, and Lower Decks, all part of the Star Trek Prime timeline. In contrast, this movie, like its predecessors in 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond, resides in an alternate Kelvin timeline. This timeline emerged due to the time-traveling actions of the Romulan Nero during a Supernova explosion that obliterated the Romulan homeworld.
Despite the ongoing development of a fourth film within the Kelvin timeline, featuring the original cast, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, this newly revealed origin story promises a different perspective within the Star Trek universe.
With the success of Star Trek on television in recent years, demonstrating that fans can embrace multiple Trek narratives simultaneously, this new cinematic installment aims to explore the beginnings of Starfleet, adding another layer to the beloved franchise.