Less than a year after their latest Star Trek project was announced, it looks like Paramount is changing course on the future of the film franchise, again.
Paramount weighing their options for Star Trek’s future
In an exclusive, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has “put a pause” on the Star Trek film in development, which was to be written and directed by Fargo‘s Noah Hawley. Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety have followed up with the same reporting.
Emma Watts, who was recently brought in from Fox to head up Paramount’s Motion Picture Group, is reported to be “in the process of figuring out which way to go” for the Trek film franchise. According to the report, Watts is also considering the Quentin Tarantino Trek project (with a script already written by Mark L. Smith), and the Star Trek Beyond follow-up that was to be directed by S.J. Clarkson before salary negotiations with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth put that project on hold in 2018.
Tarantino Trek tied to iconic TOS episode
According to Deadline, the Hawley Trek film would bring in a new cast for a story about a deadly virus, a storyline that may now be less appealing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Variety’s reporting says Hawley’s film would have brought back the Kelvin crew headed by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana. And even though Tarantino dropped out as a potential director, Deadline says the project based on his pitch is “still viable.” The brief description provided for that project sounds like it’s related to the TOS episode “A Piece of the Action.”
Getting Trek right is a Paramount “priority”
All the trade reports agree that Watts is weighing these three options for Star Trek’s future, with the Hawley project being moved to the back burner. According to Deadline, Paramount is said to be giving Star Trek “top priority,” with ViacomCBS wanting to “make sure they get it right.” Deadline indicates that the Beyond follow-up involving time travel and Chris Pine’s Kirk meeting up with his father (Chris Hemsworth) may now have the “cleanest path forward.” The other Trek projects are said to possibly serve better as “Logan-like spinoffs when the core franchise has been revitalized.”
This is a developing story, so stay tuned for more updates.
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