Star Trek has been in a bit of a state lately and nobody seemed to know what the hell was going on anymore. Now it seems we may finally have some clarity.
Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley has been tapped up to develop the new Star Trek movie at Paramount Studios. He will get to work directly after season 4 of Fargo wraps up.
Nobody knew how it would link to the Bad Robot / Abrams efforts or align with the current TV universe.
Turns out he’s just not going to bother. In an interview with Deadline he had a lot to say.
“I have my own take on Star Trek, and going back to what I loved about the series Next Generation – when a lot of franchises focus on ‘might makes right’, Star Trek is about exploration and humanity at its best, and diversity and creative problem solving.
There’s nothing better than that moment when William Shatner puts on his reading glasses and lowers Khan’s shields. It doesn’t cost anything. But it’s that triumphant feeling about outsmarting your enemy.
For me it’s about to getting to those elements of the show. I don’t necessarily find action in and of itself interesting unless it’s story. So, it’s early days, I’m still talking with Paramount and I have a take and I gotta write a script.”
CBS and Viacom have come back together again meaning obstacles to the closer ties between the movies and the TV shows are removed.
With Discovery out now and Picard on the way, will he be forced to comply? Is resistance futile?
“There isn’t a mandate from Paramount to connect it. And on some levels, there’s a bit of the wall, the TV version and the film version. I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.”
Hawley was also due to turn in a limited series based on Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle, but he states:
“…in a post-Disney acquisition age… I just don’t know that I can make this one work in this corporate environment”.
Paramount being hands off? Could be a good sign.