Paramount is ready to take the Enterprise somewhere it’s never been before, by putting a woman in the director’s chair for the very first time in the history of the iconic sci-fi film franchise. In almost 40 years of Star Trek movies, not a single one has been directed by a woman, but that’s about to change.
Despite being supported by a blindingly charismatic cast and some of the best action directors in the business, Paramount’s Star Trek franchise has somewhat been an exercise in diminishing returns after 2009’s big screen reboot. Last year’s Star Trek Beyond may have captured some of the fun of a standalone episode of the series, but it was a surprising disappointment with audiences: the film’s $158 million gross was nearly $100 million less than the first entry in the series and failed to break even on the studios $185 million investment. Those are the kind of numbers that make a studio think long and hard about investing in a sequel.