Remember when everyone was excited about Fargo’s Noah Hawley helming a new Star Trek venture? Perhaps, you were hoping for Quentin Tarantino’s big screen take on the Gene Roddenberry classic series? Well, looks like neither film is happening.
According to Deadline, QT lost interest and Hawley was told by Paramount that they wanted to “go in another direction with the franchise.” While there have been many incarnations of the iconic series in recent years with Star Trek: Discovery, Picard and the animated Lower Decks, there hasn’t been a return to the silver screen since Star Trek Beyond was in theaters in 2016.
The recently formed Paramount+ already has two new shows in the pipeline with another animated comedy, Star Trek: Prodigy featuring Kate Mulgrew reprising her role as Captain Kathryn Janeway and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds which features the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn).
So, will we “boldly go where no one has gone before” on film in the near future? The answer is yes!
JJ Abrams has tapped Star Trek: Discovery scribe, Kalinda Vazquez to write the next installment in the legendary franchise. She was a co-executive producer on Fear the Walking Dead and apparently knows her way around the sci-fi genre since she recently partnered with George RR Martin on the HBO series adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s novel, Roadmarks.
Fun fact, Vazquez was named after a Star Trek character on the original show. The episode By Any Other Name aired in Season 2 and featured a group of aliens who hijack the Enterprise so that they can return to their home planet. Actress Barbara Bouchet portrayed Kelinda who was one of the invaders.
As of yet, no plot details have been revealed. However, with the popularity of the Star Trek brand, there should be more news on the way in the future.