Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley was lined up to write and potentially direct a new Star Trek feature film. Like all recent Star Trek projects at Paramount that seemed to fall apart and follow Star Trek (Kelvin) IV and Tarantino-Trek into the trash can that is modern Star Trek.
How in a feature ahead of the new season of Fargo, Hawley has dropped some hints about what he was planning.
CBS and Paramount like to claim that Star Trek is going great guns on TV at the moment. All evidence points to contrary. Star Trek: Discovery is a hateful show that everyone you talk to detests, those still watching seem to consider as some kind of pity f*ck and is showing all the signs of imminent cancellation by reinventing and relaunching itself intra-season.
Star Trek: Picard is universally hated for taking one of the most loved characters in Star Trek history and turning him into some kind of joke, wrapped in heavy handed Hollywood virtue-signalling and nonsensical personality developments. Both of the above have led to question marks hanging over the future of the current shepherds of Trek at CBS, who panicked and raised the nostalgia shield in a final roll of the dice.
Star Trek: Lower Decks has sunk without a trace and even a global lockdown with millions of people having nothing better to do that sit at home and watch TV hasn’t made people watch it. We watched it, so you don’t have to.
So while they continue to flip, and flop, and fail, it is left to us to wonder what Hawley was planning for the big screen. His script was apparently complete and it was not connected to the previous movies. All the characters were new.
Now we hear that designers had been hired and visualization was underway when Paramount dropped it. It was rumored to have been centered on a virus that wipes out huge swathes of the galaxy. Great timing!
Hawley has not teased that it wasn’t completely unconnected, even though the characters were new:
“We’re not doing Kirk and we’re not doing Picard. It’s a start from scratch that then allows us to do what we did with ‘Fargo,’ where for the first three hours you go, ‘Oh, it really has nothing to do with the movie,’ and then you find the money. So you reward the audience with a thing that they love.
No word on Kelvin, Prime, Future, Past. Now it will likely never happen.