Paramount Pictures has started back up Star Trek 4 after the project was placed on hiatus as they’ve now hired Noah Hawley to replace S.J. Clarkson as the film’s director according to TheHollywoodReporter.
The fourth installment is not the same film that Quentin Tarantino had been developing with The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith.
Paramount is beaming up a new captain for its Star Trek franchise. Noah Hawley, who is best known for TV’s Fargo and Legion, will direct the next Trek film for Paramount, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
It is expected that Chris Pine will reprise his role as Captain James T. Kirk alongside his castmates such as Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana who have been with the series since J.J. Abrams revamped the franchise in 2009.
Originally, Star Trek 4 would have teamed up Kirk (Pine) and his father George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth), but talks with the two returning actors broke down leading to the film going into development limbo.
Plot details of this version are currently unknown and I would assume that Noah would have some input on the script.
Noah Hawley had been trying to develop a Doctor Doom solo movie for 20th Century Fox before the Fox/Disney merger and has stated publicly in interviews that Marvel Studios was still interested in him completing the script.
He recently made his feature film directorial debut with the Natalie Portman film Lucy In The Sky for Fox Searchlight and is currently busy with the fourth season of FX’s Fargo starring Chris Rock.
Zoe Saldana is expected to return for James Gunn’s Guardians of The Galaxy 3, so they’ll have to get this shot before that happens.
It’s still unknown if Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project will even happen, as the director has suggested recently he’ll be busy with a television series before tackling his tenth and final theatrical film.
When production Star Trek 4 begins and the release date is currently unknown.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER