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A New Star Trek Movie Will Explore the Origins of Starfleet

Star Trek has been doing quite well on TV of late but it’s time to beam back to the big screen. While a fourth Star Trek film on the Kelvin timeline is still in the works, now a new project has been revealed too.

Toby Haynes, who helmed episodes of Andor, will direct the film from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith (It, Lego Batman). J.J. Abrams will once again produce, which makes sense since the film is set decades before the events of his 2009 Star Trek film.

Deadline broke the news, and while there are no specifics on what the film will entail, it’s described as an origin story. We already saw the origins of all the main characters in Abrams’ original, so we are making the educated guess that Starfleet would be front and center.

The film comes at a time when Star Trek is thriving on TV with fans loving shows like Strange New Worlds, Picard, and Lower Decks. However, those shows are all on the Star Trek Prime timeline. This movie, like 2009’s Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond, is on an alternate Kelvin timeline. A timeline that was created when the Romulan Nero was sent back in time by accident during the explosion of a Supernova that destroyed the Romulan homeworld.

And, as mentioned, a fourth film on that timeline—with those original cast members, such as Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana–is still in the works. But, as has been proven on TV over the past few years, fans can handle more than one Trek, and this origin story seems to be the later iteration.

Want more io9 news? Check out when to expect the latest Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek releases, what’s next for the DC Universe on film and TV, and everything you need to know about the future of Doctor Who.

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