After the Hollywood trades let it be known that Paramount was interested in self-professed lifelong Trek fan Noah Hawley doing a Star Trek movie back in November, we weren’t sure how long it would be before we heard more. Thankfully, the wait wasn’t long: Hawley was doing press for Fargo season four this week and his Star Trek project came up.
Timeframe for Hawley’s Star Trek movie
Hawley told Deadline that once he’s completely finished on Fargo season 4 (the season is currently in production, set to premiere in April), he will be jumping into his Star Trek movie at Paramount “as soon as possible.”
So it looks like work may begin on the screenplay later this spring or early summer.
It’s not really Star Trek 4
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter Hawley said: “To call it Star Trek IV [the placeholder the trades have been using] is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.”
Asked if the film would involve a new cast, he responded, “Yeah, I think so. Yeah. It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.”
He told Deadline, “I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.”
Hawley gave an example to THR of the kind of Trek spirit he wants to see in the movies again:
It’s William Shatner putting on his reading glasses and lowering Khan’s shields, which cost like $9.50. There’s no big action sequence. He’s just more clever, there’s something really uplifting about that feeling. I went to Paramount and just had my own ideas for what I wanted to do with it. So that’s the direction that I’m going in. It’s still very early days, so I can’t really be more specific. But it’s going to be different.
No pressure to sync with TV side
A question on a lot of fans’ minds since the CBS/Viacom merger is now official is whether there’s going to be a unified Star Trek production for both films and TV.
Hawley is quoted as saying: “There isn’t a mandate from Paramount to connect it. And on some levels, there’s a bit of the wall, the TV version and the film version.” Hawley did, however, say that he is in contact with Alex Kurtzman.
Keep in mind that it’s very early on in the days of the merger and Paramount and CBS will still be separate sub-companies under the CBSViacom umbrella, so it may never fully be like the ’90s when there was only one corporate entity (Paramount) making Trek.
Keep up with all the news on upcoming Star Trek films at TrekMovie.com.