Over the summer the news broke that Paramount had put Noah Hawley’s Star Trek film project on hold. Now the writer/director has revealed how close that project was to becoming reality.
Hawley: Paramount wants to go in another direction
Speaking to Deadline after the season four finale of Fargo, Hawley briefly talked about his Star Trek project, indicating it’s more than just on hold:
DEADLINE: And is Star Trek possibly still in the cards for you at the new Emma Watts-run Paramount or is that too on hold?
HAWLEY: It doesn’t appear to be in my immediate future. I think when Emma came in, she took a look at the franchise and wanted to go in a different direction with it. But you know, life is long, we were very close to production but in this business that doesn’t mean much. You got to get out of the gate to be in the race if you know what I mean.
News that Watts put “a pause” on Hawley’s Star Trek film was first reported in August. Since then, Hawley has confirmed that his Star Trek film would bring in a new cast of characters and be less focused on action. He also indicated that Paramount now seems more interested in again trying to make Star Trek a tentpole success.
Pegg has no news on what’s next
When Hawley’s project was put on hold it was also reported that Watts was considering reviving the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond, which would bring back the Kelvin crew along with Chris Hemsworth as James T. Kirk’s father. That project had previously stalled due to budget negotiations with Pine and Hemsworth, but earlier this year Chris Pine indicated he hoped to return to the captain’s chair, and other members of the cast have also indicated they are ready to return to the Enterprise. However, in late October when asked about Star Trek and specifically about the Tarantino project, Simon Pegg told the Radio Times he didn’t know what was going on:
“…when asked about the future of Star Trek, the pattering of rain on the thin roof is the only sound for several beats.
“I honestly don’t know,” he says finally. “I know Quentin’s treatment is somewhat in the wind… It would be fantastic. But whether or not it happens, I don’t know.”
Star Trek 2023?
Even though Emma Watts is reportedly getting Star Trek back as a big a priority for the studio, there is still no definitive news about it, but the studio has been moving forward on its other tentpole action franchises. Watts recently tapped a director to helm the next Transformers film, with more films planned tied to Hasbro properties including the GI Joe spin-off Snake Eyes. There are also two Mission: Impossible films lined up and even more Tom Cruise in next year’s Top Gun: Maverick.
With the COVID pandemic pushing a number of projects, the studio is pretty set for 2021 and 2022, so even though Hawley’s film was closing in on production, that does not mean once Watts and Paramount pick a way forward they will be rushing the next Star Trek project.
But hopefully, some news on what’s next for Trek on the big screen comes soon. Until then, there is plenty of Trek lined up for Paramount+ on the small screen.
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