It seems like ‘Star Trek 4’ isn’t happening after all

It won't be heading to the final frontier after all....

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.

It was confirmed by Paramount boss Jim Gianopulos that the franchise would also have its first female director in S.J. Clarkson – who has previously helmed episodes of Orange Is The New Black and Jessica Jones.

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.

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Simon Pegg in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

According to Deadline , Clarkson’s Thrones commitments now mean that the planned Star Trek 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.

In December 2017, the movie icon received backing from JJ Abrams for his dark vision of the iconic Gene Roddenberry franchise.

Speaking to Nerdist about his love of ‘Star Trek’ and vision for a potential full-length movie back in 2015, Tarantino said: “The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule.You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.”

Paramount are yet to comment on the latest rumours.