I’ve written on this topic before, though I have yet to find an answer–satisfying or otherwise.
Lately I have been watching a bit of Star Trek: Enterprise, and I have to say–particularly with the introduction of the Xindi storyline in Season 3–the series really began to come into its own.
I just watched the episode Similitude from that season and noticed that it was directed by LeVar Burton.
He’s also helmed episodes of Star: Trek Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation and numerous other projects.
Despite his wealth of experience behind as well as in front of the camera, (as far as I am aware) he was never on the short list–or any list–to direct any of the Star Trek movies.
For instance, before Justin Lin was chosen to direct Star Trek: Beyond, Roberto Orci was going to helm, though luckily someone came to their senses and found Lin.
Now, it’s entirely possible that LeVar Burton doesn’t want to direct features, and that he’s content with other projects, such as Reading Rainbow, which had a successful Kickstarter in 2014.
Though that’s hopefully the only reason that a director of his obvious talent isn’t working on much bigger projects.