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Noah Hawley Says His ‘Star Trek’ Will Be a “New Beginning”

Back in November, we learned that Paramount and Bad Robot had hired Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley to write and direct the next Star Trek movie. The future of the Trek films have been up in the air for a while. After reception cooled following 2009’s Trek and was less than what Paramount wanted for Star Trek Beyond, the film franchise has been in an odd holding pattern. For a time it seemed like the fourth film would bring back Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father, but the studio wasn’t willing to meet the quotes for Hemsworth or Chris Pine. Then there was Quentin Tarantino‘s R-rated Star Trek that was probably never going to happen and now looks like it definitely won’t happen. So the ball has now landed with Hawley.

Christina Radish spoke to Hawley at the FX press day for the TCAs and asked him about providing a unique take on Star Trek:

This is an encouraging answer that he likes the more intellectual side of Trek since, despite the demands of franchise filmmaking, Trek isn’t really an action series. Yes, there are spaceships and phasers and what have you, but the best Trek stories are about a deeper societal issue being explored in a smart way.

So where does this leave the next installment of Trek? Hawley says it’s the early stages, but he looks at the next movie as a “new beginning”:

Speaking to THR, Hawley indicated that he’s looking to line up a new cast to play new characters. I’m sure after the box office returns of Star Trek Beyond, Paramount wouldn’t necessarily mind a reboot of sorts, but the question now becomes if they want to start from scratch with a new cast, do they roll the dice and say “This is a new ship and a new story and new characters, but it’s the Star Trek universe”? There are a lot of possibilities, so I’m curious to see what Hawley does with his Trek movie. Perhaps it’s time to leave the James T. Kirk of it all behind and boldly go where no Trek movie has gone before: a film that’s not connected to any of the TV shows.