The Star Trek TV properties have certainly hit their stride to the success of Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard but the film franchise has hit a brick wall since the release of STAR TREK BEYOND in 2016. There have been talks of continuing with the rebooted cast for another film and even having Quentin Tarantino getting involved with an R-rated take on the concept. One direction that sounded promising was Fargo’s Noah Hawley “boldly going where no one has gone before” with his fresh take but when recently asked about the progress on his proposed Star Trek 4, he indicated it hasn’t made much progress at all.
“It doesn’t appear to be in my immediate future. I think when Emma [Watts, President of Paramount Pictures] 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.”
During a talk with “Variety”, Hawley did go into his plans for the franchise and revealed that he wanted to move away from what audiences are familiar with and introduce a whole new crew that would take it away from the characters that fans have grown to love:
“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.”
The upside for Paramount Pictures, if they choose to move forward with a Star Trek film project, they certainly have options. On top of Hawley’s take the second idea comes from a script written by The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith, which is the one Quentin Tarantino once considered directing. Reportedly, it’s “based on an episode of the classic ‘Star Trek’ series that takes place largely earthbound in a 1930s gangster setting.” Other than that, there’s the third approach and that’s to continue with the movies that began in 2009 with J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. This story would reportedly revolve around time travel and bringing back Kirk’s father, played in the first movie by Chris Hemsworth.
Do YOU think any of these Star Trek ideas will get off the ground? Which one would YOU want to see move forward?