Last month it seemed the stalled “Star Trek” film franchise had found new life again after “Fargo” and “Legion” showrunner Noah Hawley came onboard to direct.
The project was moving forward but hit a wall in 2018 when the attached Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine both departed, soon followed by director S.J. Clarkson.
At the time of Hawley’s boarding, it was thought the film would be a continuation of the ‘Kelvin Timeline’ trio of films that began with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” reboot in 2009.
Now though, in an interview with GoldDerby, actor Simon Pegg says he’s uncertain whether he or the J.J. Abrams-era cast would be involved in Hawley’s unnamed “Star Trek” film:
“I don’t know anything about it. I think Noah Hawley’s been hired to write something for Star Trek, which is very exciting. He’s a brilliant writer and always creates interesting stuff. Whether or not we’re involved with that, I don’t know. I don’t think so and I don’t think Noah’s thing is necessarily going to be Star Trek 4.”
The comments follow on from all the talk of an R-rated “Star Trek” standalone film from director Quentin Tarantino, though talk of that project came to an abrupt end recently as Tarantino has suggested he’s moving away from that idea.
Adding to the complication is the closing of the Viacom-CBS merger just a few weeks ago which sees the reunification of the film and TV parts of the franchise and so any plans for the films could be under revision.
The “Star Trek” franchise will continue in its original small screen home for now with the high-profile “Star Trek: Picard” series set to launch in January.