Speaking to Variety, Noah Hawley’s new Star Trek would not feature the previous cast and crew from the J.J. Abrams reboot.
If you were hoping for Noah Hawley’s project to go through because you thought he would bring back Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and the rest of the Kelvin Timeline crew, well, sorry to burst your bubble. Had Hawley’s project gotten the go-ahead, this would’ve been a brand new Star Trek crew, one that didn’t’ feature James T. Kirk or Jean-Luc Picard.
That’s right, a brand new, all original cast for a new Star Trek film. That’s pretty bonkers to think about, but that’s what Hawley wanted to do. Hawley likens it to what he did with the Fargo television series, how he moved it away from the film, and mad the series it’s own thing. That’s what he was hoping to do with his Star Trek film project.
Emphasis on was.
Speaking to Variety, Hawley revealed his intentions with the new Trek film, saying;
"We’re not doing Kirk and we’re not doing Picard. It’s a start from scratch that then allows us to do what we did with ‘Fargo,’ where for the first three hours you go, ‘Oh, it really has nothing to do with the movie,’ and then you find the money. So you reward the audience with a thing that they love."
Variety then goes on to write that Hawley claimed his project is still “alive” but “in stasis”.
That sounds pretty dead to many. After all, how much stuff do you have put away that will ever be used again? You don’t put things “in stasis” or away in storage if they have value in the present. Hawley’s film got shelves and that’s a good thing.
Hollywood is besieged by unoriginal ideas that keep popping up. Trying to take what worked for Fargo and adapting that to Star Trek is not an original take. It’s J.J. Abrams doing a remake of Wrath of Khan. We don’t need another filmmaker taking over a property who only knows how to tell stories one way.
It’s time for Paramount to jettison Hawley’s script idea for good.