Matt Shakman is not in talks to Direct the Fantastic Four Movie
Director Matt Shakman, who was tapped to direct a new Star Trek film for Paramount, has stepped out of the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This film would have been the fourth in the series, following Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk, originally presented in 2009’s Star Trek. The report comes after Marvel claimed Shakman was in talks to direct their new Fantastic Four movie. Shakman was slated to helm an untitled Star Trek film for Paramount but canceled it owing to scheduling difficulties with the Fantastic Four project. Deadline revealed earlier that Shakman was in early talks to head the latest effort to start a Fantastic Four franchise. Although it has not been confirmed that Shakman has signed on, the fact that he has abandoned Star Trek is a good hint that a deal will soon be finalized.
Time will tell if this announcement affects December 23, 2023, release date for the Shakman-directed Star Trek film. Many directors, including Quentin Tarantino and Noah Hawley, were considered for the role of director before Paramount ultimately settled on Shakman. In early 2021, Shakman directed the first Disney+ series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, titled WandaVision. His Fantastic Four film won’t be the first attempt to bring the squad to the big screen. In 2005, Tim Story directed a Fantastic Four film featuring the quartet of Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, and Jessica Alba.
In 2007, a sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, was released. But in 2015, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell joined the cast as 20th Century Fox revived the series. Shakman is well-known outside the MCU for his work as a TV director on shows like Game of Thrones, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Fargo. Shakman’s Fantastic Four movie will mark his second feature-length film directorial effort.
At this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Fiege announced that the Fantastic Four film would premiere in theaters on November 8, 2024. While a cast has not been announced yet, landing a director gets audiences one step closer to that.