Paramount Pictures pauses Star Trek movie

The sci-fi franchise film was due to have a ‘pandemic in space’ plotline

By Chris Evans 13 Aug 2020

Paramount Pictures pauses Star Trek movie
Noah Hawley

Noah Hawley’s new Star Trek movie has been put on hold as they decide on the direction of the project, which was expected to have a ‘killer virus in space’ plotline.

A production source revealed that there might be some sensitivity or lack of interest around the subject in the current Covid-19 climate.

Paramount’s new president Emma Watts reportedly wants get more clarity on how to handle the next Star Trek movie, but is not stopping it altogether.

Fargo creator Hawley is still attached to the project, as writer and director, despite the delay. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will produce, with Hawley also producing through his 26 Keys production company.

It has not been confirmed whether the leading cast of the previous Star Trek films, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana, will return. Although, Hawley recently said: "For me, it's definitely an a new direction, but it's still early, in terms of who exactly would be in it or what the characters would be. I don't think of it as Star Trek 4, to be reductive. This is a new beginning."

The studio had also been developing another Star Trek project with Quentin Tarantino producing and Mark L. Smith writing. 


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