SJ Clarkson in Talks to Become ‘Star Trek’ Film Franchise’s First Female Director

Paramount announced a fourth “Star Trek” film in the rebooted big-screen series on Wednesday

Last Updated: April 26, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

Veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson is in talks to direct “Star Trek 4,” becoming the first woman to take on a film in Paramount’s sci-fi franchise, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Paramount announced at CinemaCon on Wednesday that the studio would be putting out a fourth film with Chris Hemsworth, who in the 2009 “Star Trek” appeared as Chris Pine’s father, and Zachary Quinto and John Cho are expected to return as well.

“Star Trek 4” will have a script from J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Paramount is also developing a separate “Trek” movie from J.J. Abrams and Quentin Tarantino.

Abrams and Lindsey Weber will produce through Bad Robot Productions, while David Ellison and Dana Goldberg of Skydance Media will executive produce the project.

The 2009 reboot earned $385 million worldwide, while the sequel “Star Trek: Into Darkness” grossed $467 million globally four years later. The third film, “Star Trek Beyond,” earned $343 million worldwide in 2016.

Clarkson’s credits include “Dexter,” “Bates Motel,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Jessica Jones.” She also most recently directed several episodes for Marvel’s “The Defenders.” She is represented by WME.

Paramount Pictures declined to comment.