Star Trek: Section 31 may be closer to happening than we thought.
Paramount wanted to make Star Trek: Section 31 a series featuring Michelle Yeoh returning as Philippa Georgiou, but due to budget and timing issues, the decision was made to make the spinoff show into direct-to-streaming films, the first for Trek. Despite it being a huge property still for the franchise, there had been little movement, once again, on the film. The show featured the same stalling but the film had a different set of reasons.
The combined strikes from the director and actors’ guilds caused a massive delay in filming the project, and then you coupled that with the fact that Paramount+ is slashing its budgets to try and become profitable, the fact that we haven’t seen anything come out news wise about Section 31 isn’t surprising, but that is about to change.
According to Alex Kurtzman via TrekMovie.com, the show-turned-film is back on track. Kurtzman told the audience at October’s New York Comic Con that the project was back on track, saying;
"So we are back on our feet after the strike with Section 31. It is happening. Michelle [Yeoh] is just the most extraordinary person on every level. She had one of one of the most unbelievable years that anybody could ever have in the history of ever, and she had a million opportunities to hit the jackpot on it and do other things. And what she did with all of the power she had accrued is make sure that Section 31 was moving forward."
Star Trek: Section 31 could be heading to a screen sooner rather than later.
There was a rumor a few weeks back when the strikes started to wrap that a Star Trek film was going to be heading into production, and it was believed to be Star Trek 4, but with Chris Pine repeatedly shooting down rumors of the film being ready to go, it seems far more likely that if the rumor was true, it could’ve been about Section 31.
It’s the only short-form content that Paramount has been working on that would have a script ready to go, aside from Trek 4.
So if the rumors were actually about Section 31, then we could be getting the film sooner rather than later.