Set phasers to halt, as Noah Hawley’s take on the Star Trek franchise has become the latest to be stalled. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount is trying to figure out where the next logical place to take Star Trek is.
Newly installed motion picture group president Emma Watts has been examining Paramount’s slate of in development projects. As Star Trek remains a big franchise for Paramount, they’re looking at three different options to carry the film series forward. One is a film re-uniting the original cast of the Abrams-produced films. This is the version of the film S.J. Clarkson was supposed to helm. Clarkson has since been courted to direct Sony’s Madame Webb film.
The other film in possible development is one that Quentin Tarantino helped develop. As IndieWire reports, the film is something of a 1930s Earth-set gangster film, likely based on the class Trek episode “A Piece of the Action”. The third option is, of course, Hawley’s film. Although in a form of active development, it’s likely the plot is what made executives pop the brakes.
Said plot supposedly involves a deadly virus spreading throughout the universe. Due to current circumstances, making that version of Star Trek may not feel appropriate. All three of these projects have drawbacks, and it’s easy to see why Watts and Paramount have such a dilemma on their hands. Hawley’s feels too timely, the project Clarkson was in charge of called for bringing back the (expensive) original cast, and Tarantino’s interpretation runs the risk of alienating viewers with how different it is.
No matter what, it’s nice to see that Paramount are taking the time to figure out what the best move would be for the franchise. With the television franchise still going strong, there’s no reason to rush this. If Hawley’s vision is the most logical move for the franchise, then we can only hope it will come to fruition.
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