Live long and prosper to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek trilogy. Star Trek 4 is back on track with new director Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) who wants to take the franchise in a whole new direction.
In a recent interview given to The Hollywood Reporter, Hawley declared, “To call it Star Trek IV is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a life-long fan” When asked if this new movie would feature a new cast, the director answered “Yeah, I think so. Yeah.” He then added “It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.” However, The Hollywood Reporter expressed that Hawley would work with J.J. Abrams’ production company “Bad Robot”.
It’s almost been four years since the release of Star Trek Beyond. This last opus wasn’t a hit at the box office and only made $158 million in North America against $256 million for the first installment of the trilogy in 2009 and $228 million for the second film Star Trek Into Darkness.
The fate of a fourth film was uncertain for a while. The project was even abandoned at some point. We then found out that Quentin Tarantino was in talks to jump on board and direct Star Trek 4. He declared to Deadline in 2019 that he wanted it to be an R Rated “Pulp Fiction in space” kind of movie. He then revealed in December 2019, “I think I’m steering away from Star Trek.”
Noah Hawley finally took over the project and while rumored stated that the whole cast would be back (including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban, and Simon Pegg) the later stated in an interview in December 2019: “I don’t know anything about it(…) Whether or not we are involved in that, I don’t know. I don’t think so (…) I don’t think Noah’s thing is necessarily going to be Star Trek 4“.
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