Hawley's "Star Trek" Put on Hold
Star Trek has been seemingly getting it's mojo back on the small screen. Not only is Star Trek: Discovery set to premiere it's third season later this year, a second season of Star Trek: Picard is being planned. And in addition, the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks has just premiered and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will focus on Anson Mount's version of Captain Pike, is currently in the works. On the movie side though...not so much. And today saw an announcement not only of director/writer Noah Hawley's proposed Star Trek film being put on hold, but confirming the other two projects that were being considered have been stalled for a while.
To be clear, there were three active projects that were made aware to the public. The first was a proposed continuation of the Abrams-universe films that would have seen Chris Pine's Kirk reunite with his father (Played by Chris Hemsworth). That project was stalled primarily due to salary negotiations with Pine and Hemsworth. The second one was noted for featuring a story by Quentin Tarantino (With the script written by Mark L. Smith) but Tarantino effectively walked away from it so, despite still having Smith's script, the project lost the momentum created by Tarantino's involvement. The third and final one was the most recent project that seemed most expected to move forward which was a film made by Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley. However, now it seems movement on that has also come to a halt as Hawley's script apparently deals with a virus that wipes out vast part of the known universe.
This is all based on a report by The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount Pictures’s new motion picture group president Emma Watts is determining how to proceed with the franchise and if any of those three big screen projects are worth the investment. Between one lacking it's initial powerhouse name, the other struggling with getting it's stars back, and another that might actually be TOO contemporary, it's a wonder when we might see the Enterprise blast on the silver screen again. Stay tuned!