Star Trek 4 - Noah Hawley now leading the next Trek and Chris Pine could well be back on board
The saga of the fourth Kelvin universe Star Trek continues having been announced, shelved, re-announced and assigned a director in S.J. Clarkson, and then cancelled thanks to pay disputes we now have news via The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount are attempting to jump to warp yet again with Legion and Fargo show-runner Noah Hawley apparently in line to direct.
The new film will see Chris Pine returning to the role of Kirk despite walking away from the table when he was last attached. At that time there were plans for Chris Hemsworth to join the film reprising his role as Kirk's father in a time travel-based adventure but those plans have since been scrapped.
Alongside Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban and John Cho are all expected to return. Sadly this will be the first Star Trek film since the passing of Anton Yelchin.
Hawley is best known for acting as show-runner on the TV series Fargo and Legion. He also wrote the shelved Dr Doom movie and his directorial debut, Lucy in the Sky has had very lukewarm reviews. There's plenty of promise in his TV work that helps to set our minds at ease. We remain disappointed that S.J. Clarkson's film will no longer be made.
This project is also separate from the much discussed Quentin Tarantino Star Trek film which remains in the development stages. Who knows whether that will ever go in to production?