Don’t look now but another Star Trek film could be coming our way!
Here we go again! The fourth entry in the rebooted Star Trek series appears to be back on track, and it’s found a new writer-director. Noah Hawley, who created the acclaimed Fargo TV series and directed the not-so-acclaimed film Lucy In the Sky, will write and direct Star Trek 4, which will reportedly bring back crew members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Karl Urban.
Deadline broke the news about Noah Hawley writing and directing Star Trek 4. They also add that the “understanding is Hawley will helm the fourth film in this iteration of the venerable franchise, with the Enterprise crew led by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban.”
This implies a major behind-the-scenes shift for the new Trek film. At one point, S.J. Clarkson was set to helm a fourth Star Trek, which would involve some sort of time travel plotline to bring back Chris Hemsworth as the father of Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk. But just as things were ramping up, both Pine and Hemsworth walked away from the project, citing salary negotiations. Later, Hemsworth stated that another reason he walked was that he wasn’t happy with the script. “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he revealed. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.” As the project collapsed, Clarkson moved on. Now, Hawley is stepping in.
Meanwhile, Paramount is still allegedly working on a separate, R-rated Star Trek spin-off for Quentin Tarantino to possibly direct, but I’ll believe that one when I see it.
Trek has found some amazing success on the small screen as of late with the Star Trek Discovery series. A return to the big screen might be just what the doctor ordered. The last film, Star Trek Beyond, failed to find an audience despite earning critical praise.