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Star Trek Director Doesn’t Want His Movie To Be All About Action

Despite launching a franchise that’s spanned thirteen movies and earned almost $2.3 billion at the box office, action has never been the main focus of Star Trekon the big screen. The long-running sci-fi series has always tended to focus more on big ideas than sheer scale and spectacle, and J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Kelvin timeline came in for criticism from some longtime fans for reinventing the Enterprise crew as the stars of mega budget blockbusters.

The reboots may have been put on hold along with the rest of the in-development projects, but Paramount were quick to deny that they were giving up on Star Trek for good when rumors were making the rounds earlier this week. Legion and Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley is behind one of those new movies, and he’s made it clear that his script would feature an all new cast of characters.

In a recent interview, the filmmaker offered up some new details on his mystery Star Trek movie, and also made it clear that he has no interest in continuing the action-orientated precedent set by the Kelvin trilogy.

Hawley seems to be aiming for substance over style when it comes to his contributions to canon, even though Star Trek 4 is still said to be a priority for the studio. If you include the pitch by Wrath of Khan writer Robert Sallin and Quentin Tarantino’s R-rated effort, then Paramount have four potential Star Trekmovies on the horizon. It seems unlikely that they’ll make them all, especially when the small screen arm of the franchise is looking stronger than it has for decades, but Hawley’s version seems to be much further along in the development process than the rest of the prospective slate.