Hawley’s “Star Trek” Film Is Standalone

Hawleys Star Trek Film Is Standalone

“Fargo” and “Legion” series creator and showrunner Noah Hawley confirms that once production has wrapped on the fourth season of “Fargo,” he will switch his focus back to the “Star Trek” film he’s been developing at Paramount Pictures.

Speaking with Deadline at the TCA’s this week, Hawley says the aim is to get back to Trek “as soon as possible”. The most interesting comment though is that Hawley hints he’ll de doing his own thing with the franchise, something separate to both the three Bad Robot movies and the two CBS All Access series so far. Hawley says:

“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.”

With CBS and Viacom once again unified, it wouldn’t be a surprise if there was a bigger attempt at synergy between currently airing shows like ‘Discovery’ and the upcoming ‘Picard’ with the new film, but Hawley says they are separate things:

“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 also says he remains committed to his limited series adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s sci-fi satirical arms race novel “Cat’s Cradle,” but it’s unlikely to go forward “in a post-Disney acquisition age… I just don’t know that I can make this one work in this corporate environment”. He also says Marvel hasn’t had any further contact with him about his proposed “Doctor Doom” film.