In recent years, another Star Trek series has been waiting in the wings. A number of directors have come and gone from helming the next installment in the franchise, including S.J. Clarkson, who would be the first woman to direct a Star Trek movie.
This resumption of the continuation collapsed after disputes between Paramount and star Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth. After this version of Star Trek 4 was canned, another option was Quentin Tarantino’s R-rated Star Trek, which Q.T. He recently said he can quietly move away from doing so.
Noah Hawley takes over the captain’s seat
So where does all this change leave the franchise? In the hands of Faro’s creator and director Lucy in the Sky, Noah Hawley. The writer, pop star and director landed the job after the disappointing performance of his first feature film, which was cut by critics and collapsed at the box-office.
Lucy in the Sky was one of the most notable bombs of the year, but eventually led to Hawley, who made very few creative mistakes in the Star Trek series in recent years. According to star Simon Pegg, Hawley’s vision may not include the new USS Enterprise crew.
During an interview at the Gold Derby, Pegg – who plays Scotty and co-wrote his latest sequel – said that Hawley’s Star Trek might not include the original cast and do something new with the franchise:
No, I don’t know anything about it. Noah Hawley has been hired to write something about Star Trek, which is very exciting. He is a brilliant writer and always creates interesting things. Whether we participate in it or not, I don’t know. I do not think so. I don’t think Noah’s thing is necessarily Star Trek 4. I’m talking from my ass, as usual. But we’ll see what happens.
All of this, of course, is in the air and is not confirmed by Paramount or Hawley. For all we know, we’ll see the most recent members of their career back in more space adventures, but Pegg’s answer doesn’t inspire confidence.
The journey of Tarantino
In the past, Pegg has doubted the Tarantino Star Trek event. Recently, even Q.T. he raises doubts. Pegg says, however, that Star Trek’s R-version is still possible if the director decides he wants to make the film:
As far as I know, Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek idea is still pretty good in the mix. This is for him [him] about what he wants to do next, you know. They’ve talked about various spinoffs possibly. We’ll see. I’m always happy to go back to this universe. I think it would be sweet for us to do something else after losing Yelchin, just because we were very family. And he will miss us more than we normally would, because he will be evident in his absence. But we’ll see what happens.
The only disadvantage of Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is that it will be his 10th and final film, rather than another original Tarantino story. Tarantino ends his film career with a sequel or I.P. ownership doesn’t sound right. This is not just Tarantino’s style.
A summary of the Franchise’s Up and Downs
For the last ten years, Paramount has had mixed success with the reboot of Star Trek. J.J. Abrams put in 2009 a one-hit series with a new and exciting spin on the series that was, as he may recall, “not your father’s Star Trek”. It’s a great spectacle with a perfect kick.
The new crew remained charismatic in Star Trek Into Darkness, but Abrams threw the ball then broke Khan’s return and the fun was no longer there. Star Trek Beyond, however, was an explosion thanks to Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. He directed a great action movie with character and personality, but for whatever reason, it was the lowest-grossing Trek pic in recent history.
The under-execution of the sequel left Paramount uncertain of where to go next.