Kalinda Vazquez Will Boldly Go From Star Trek: Discovery To Helm Her Own Movie In The Franchise
Kalinda Vazquez is shifting from television to a movie with her new Star Trek project. Vazquez has been part of the Star Trek universe for several years now, working as a writer and producer on Star Trek: Discovery. Taking on a feature film will expand her presence and authorship in the Star Trek franchise. JJ Abrams will produce the film through his company Bad Robot.
Kalinda Vazquez Takes the Helm For an Original Star Trek Movie
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Vazquez has been a Trekkie since birth. Her parents named her after a Star Trek character from the original series – Kelinda from the episode “By Any Other Name.” So it feels safe to say that she has been preparing for this moment her entire life. Her lifetime of genre immersion and work on Star Trek: Discovery inspired her to come up with a completely new idea for the characters. According to Deadline, the new Star Trek film from Kalinda Vazquez “is a blind deal for an original movie that she hatched”
It seems unlikely that this new Star Trek film will take place in the current Kelvin timeline. This is the alternate universe that JJ Abrams established in the 2009 film reboot. Star Trek: Discovery was originally set in the Prime timeline of the earlier television shows. Although in later seasons Discovery did start to acknowledge the existence of the Kelvin timeline.
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However, there have been many alternate universes and shifting timelines in the Star Trek franchise over the decades. So it is entirely possible that Vazquez might be part of an entirely new reboot of the Star Trek timelines. It seems likely that Kalinda Vazquez will be following up on her work on Star Trek: Discovery in her new movie. So perhaps we should view this new film as a follow-up to Discovery. Either way, this is good news after there were reports that all Star Trek movies had been canceled in favor of projects for CBS All Access (now Paramount+). But there is always a possibility that this original movie will follow new characters in the Star Trek universe. Either way, Vazquez has license to boldly go where no one has gone before.
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