It is things like this that illustrate why great properties such as Star Trek frequently find themselves face down in the toilet, dry-heaving loudly and muttering something about “…never drinking again”, or as CBS call it, Picard and Star Trek: Discovery. Oh yeah, and whatever the hell THIS was:

Take the clearly very talented man behind Fargo and Legion, Noah Hawley, ask him to write a standalone Star Trek script, and then do absolutely nothing with it. Hawley has spoken in the past about his involvement in Star Trek, and his work on a possible Alien TV series.

Every time he spoke he didn’t look hopeful. However now, in an interview with Deadline, it seems like both remain resolutely dead:

“I know that there’s an effort to reshuffle a lot of things post-Disney takeover and [Alien] was a conversation that I had a couple years back. And I have not in the last few weeks been having those conversations about it. But I know that like any studio that there’s a great desire to make the most of one’s library so I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that. You know, I have conversations from time to time but I’m not committed.

[Star Trek] doesn’t appear to be in my immediate future. I think when Emma [Watts] came [to Paramount], she took a look at the franchise and wanted to go in a different direction with it. But you know, life is long, we were very close to production but in this business that doesn’t mean much. You got to get out of the gate to be in the race if you know what I mean.”

A fifth season of Fargo now appears to be the big thing in Hawley’s future, with the fourth series finishing up right now.