Earlier this week, Noah Hawley confirmed his Star Trek movie project has been put on hold by Paramount’s new management, but he also revealed he has written a script and had started earlier design work when he got the word to go into “stasis” from the studio. In a new interview, he has hinted about some of the themes of his project.
The Federation needs to be saved
In his Variety interview earlier in the week, Hawley said he wants to “start from scratch” with a new crew for his Star Trek film. The writer/director’s publicity tour for the upcoming fourth season of his Emmy-winning FX series Fargo continues, and he recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly, telling them a bit more about his approach to Star Trek:
I can’t say much about it except it’s an argument for why humanity should prevail and why we should come together and unite, which I think is important – to look at the United Federation of Planets and remember at some point Earth is what we are now and then we invented warp technology and met extraterrestrial life and everybody came together. But how? How did we get from where we are now to where they are then? And what happens if that utopian reality is challenged? There are times of challenge and war when we have to prove our values all over again. Maybe there’s a time in the Federation where this ideal is challenged and it won’t survive on its own. It needs to be saved.
The only other thing that has been reported about Hawley’s film is that the story (which he began working on last year) “might be about a deadly virus,” which could be a bit too on the nose for the times we now find ourselves are living in.
Reading between the lines, it all sounds like Hawley wants to make a Star Trek movie that is relevant to today’s audience with possible contemporary themes. Challenging the utopian ideals of the Federation could also show some darker themes. Hawley’s commentary echoes some of the sentiments expressed by producers of recent CBS Star Trek series who have also strived to show characters facing challenges to fight for Starfleet’s ideals.
As of now, Hawley’s Star Trek project is one of three that Paramount’s new head of motion pictures is considering. According to Deadline, reviving the Star Trek 4 project that brings back Chris Hemsworth is the current front-runner to revive the franchise on the big screen. But Hawley has said his project isn’t dead, and Deadline also reported that Paramount could end up moving forward with multiple Trek projects, including the one based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino. This multi-pronged (and not necessarily connected) approach is not unlike how Warner Bros. is handling the various DC Universe films.
With Paramount reportedly making Trek a priority again, and with Hollywood slowly returning to production, hopefully, we will know more about the future of the film franchise by the end of the year.
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