With all of the news focusing on the upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery, most of us forgot about the whole Kelvin Star Trek cinematic franchise. It appears that Star Trek 4 is alive again. After suffering a breakdown in negotiations between Chris Pine and Helmsworth over money, the director had moved on and it was left languishing.
However, Variety is reporting that Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley has signed on to write and direct Star Trek 4. This would mark the third script for the fourth installment of the series. Chris Helmsworth was originally planned to join the film, as Kirk’s father (a roll he created pre-Thor).
As that film was being developed, Quentin Tarantino is developing a Star Trek picture of his own with writer Mark L. Smith. From all recent reports, that movie is working independently from the Star Trek 4 production. It was never clarified how Tarantino’s Star Trek movie would fit into the film series, or be its own off-shoot.
As Hawley is taking on both writing and directing duties, it’s pre-mature to believe that a plot has been laid out for the upcoming film. However, Variety believes that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana returning to man the U.S.S. Enterprise. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will return to produce along with Hawley’s 26 Keys production banner.
Some sites (looking at you Collider) make note that Abrams won’t be back to direct, it is fair to point out that he didn’t direct the last film, Star Trek Beyond. Much like he directed the third Mission Impossible movie and never directed another after that, only producing. So it isn’t strange at all.
Obviously, there will be some time as the script still needs to be written and negotiations begin again. We can hope that this go around will be better than the last time. Although, Paramount needs to pony up the money to make this movie happen, which was the sticking point in the previous go-around.