Information regarding Noah Hawley’s Star Trek feature film has been hard to come by. The project was announced last fall with very few details and was then seemingly put on hold in August, with rumors that the film’s plot hewed a bit too close to our current pandemic reality. Today we learned a bit more about what Hawley has in mind, and how his approach to his current TV series, Fargo, could inform his approach to Star Trek.
Hawley Trek is not about Kirk or Picard
In a new interview with Variety, Hawley talks about his upcoming season of Fargo as well as other projects, including the Star Trek film for Paramount. The writer/director confirms that Paramount’s new head of feature films, Emma Watts, told him his film was “on hold.” However, the project was further along in its development than previously thought. According to Hawley, the script is finished and he was beginning to hire designers to help him conceptualize the film’s look.
Hawley also confirmed that the film would feature “a new crew of characters” but would connect to franchise history, drawing a comparison to how his Fargo television series is tied to the 1996 film of the same name:
We’re not doing Kirk and we’re not doing Picard. It’s a start from scratch that then allows us to do what we did with Fargo, where for the first three hours you go, ‘Oh, it really has nothing to do with the movie,’ and then you find the money. So you reward the audience with a thing that they love.
Hawley is referring to a scene in the first season of his Fargo series when Oliver Platt’s Stavros Milos finds money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi’s Carl Showalter in the original Coen brothers film.
Project in stasis
Hawley also tells Variety that his Trek project is still alive at Paramount, but “in stasis.” Previously it was reported that Emma Watts was now leaning towards reviving the Star Trek 4 project that would bring back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk to team up with his son James T. Kirk (Chris Pine). That sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond was put on hold in 2018 after a salary dispute with Hemsworth and Pine, but it’s possible those issues could be resolved under the new management at the studio. Earlier this spring, Pine said he hoped to get back to work on Star Trek after things settled down at Paramount.
Previous reporting has stated that Paramount’s Watts has made Star Trek a priority at the studio. According to today’s Variety, the series of false starts for a new Trek feature film in the last few years is a “source of embarrassment” for the studio while corporate sibling CBS “has, under executive producer Alex Kurtzman, established a bona fide universe of series on the television front.”
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