Paramount has been trying to develop a fourth Star Trek movie since 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. However, that forward motion stalled in 2018, when both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth walked away from negotiations after failing to come to an agreement over pay. Paramount then postponed the fourth film, which would have had the first female director, S.J. Clarkson, in Star Trek history. The project seemed even further out of reach this past January, when Clarkson departed to helm the Game of Thrones prequel. However, it’s back in play now that Paramount has hired Noah Hawley to direct the next Star Trek movie.
Who is Noah Hawley?
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Best known for his adaptation of the film Fargo to an FX series, Hawley is also an author. He got his start in TV by writing for the series Bones, after which he created the shows The Unusuals and My Generation. Although the latter two were canceled, Hawley would go on to greater success with his FX shows. Along with the critically acclaimed (and Emmy-winning) Fargo, Hawley also created the series Legion for FX. However, his film ventures have been less successful.
The first movie he wrote, Lies and Alibis, was a straight-to-video comedy that received middling reviews. His first directorial effort, this year’s Lucy in the Sky, has been widely panned. (It currently has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.) The film is loosely based on the story of former astronaut Lisa Nowak, who once infamously drove 900 miles to attempt to kidnap her former lover’s new girlfriend. Purportedly, she had worn maximum absorbency garments–space diapers–on the drive to avoid stopping, a claim that Nowak denied. Hawley’s film leaves out any mention of space diapers, though, a fact that many critics couldn’t get over. While Hawley explained that he didn’t feel the need to “reduce her to a punch line again,” it’s probably not a good sign that the diaper discourse got the most ink. But now he’s taking on Star Trek, so y’all may get your space diapers wish yet.
What’s in Store for the Next Star Trek Movie
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While the S.J. Clarkson Star Trek was going to focus on a time travel plotline–hence the return of Chris Hemsworth–that story has been scrapped for the new next Star Trek movie. In addition to directing, Hawley will also be writing the next installment, so we have no idea what the story will be at this point. Presumably, though, it will have no ties to either the Picard series or the other next Star Trek movie that Quentin Tarantino is developing.
As for star power, Chris Hemsworth still won’t be a part of it, although Chris Pine is reportedly returning. The rest of the regular cast, which was always attached to the previous version, will also return. One notable exception, of course, is Anton Yelchin, who sadly passed away in 2016. JJ Abrams, who has produced all of the Kelvin timeline Star Trek films, has said that Yelchin will not be replaced. There’s no word, though, on how they’ll handle Chekov’s absence. We’ll just have to see.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.