As Noah Hawley has been out promoting the new season of Fargo, he continues to drop more hints about his Star Trek movie, which was put on pause after Paramount brought in a new person to head up motion pictures. The latest hints draw a distinction between his vision of Star Trek and the recent Kelvin movies.
Hawley likes smart Star Trek
Speaking to the Observer, Noah Hawley described what he loved about Star Trek and the movies:
“What I love about Star Trek is that it’s not a war story. It’s not a story in which might makes right. It’s a story about exploration. It’s a story about creative problem solving. My favorite moment in all of Star Trek is in Wrath of Khan when Kirk puts on his reading glasses to lower Khan’s shields. It’s a brief moment that is so exhilarating because he’s using the best tool he has, which is his mind.”
The writer/director then went on to draw a comparison of his project to the three recent Kelvin-verse Star Trek movies:
“As much as I like the Chris Pine movies they were mostly about running from one end of the ship to the other to put out a fire, to stop a thing, and then before he could catch his breath he had to do something else. They’re much more action movies and what I wanted to get back to was this idea of humanity justifying existence in the universe by showing its best qualities.”
Before Emma Watts was brought in by Paramount and put the project on pause (but still “alive” according to Hawley), he had finished a script and started to hire designers. Recently Hawley also confirmed his Trek film would “start from scratch” with “a new crew of characters.” He hasn’t given away any plot details except to say it would deal with the ideals of the Federation being challenged and it “needs to be saved.”
The latest reporting confirms that Paramount is still developing Star Trek films with bringing the franchise back to the big screen being a “priority” of new executive Emma Watts. In addition to the Hawley project, she is also considering the pitch from Quentin Tarantino and the Star Trek 4 project that brings back Chris Hemsworth (which is reported to be the current front-runner).
But even if Paramount moves forward with the Star Trek Beyond sequel with Hemsworth, which will likely be another action-packed tentpole project, they may also follow that up with other films that may not be directly tied into the Kelvin film. Both the Tarantino and Hawley projects sound to be different takes and likely lower budget approaches without the demands a big tentpole has on the studio.
It has been four years and two months since the last Star Trek film was released. The longest gap between Trek feature films was the six years and five months between Nemesis and J.J. Abrams Star Trek. At this point, it looks like the next film will break that record.
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