Trek is back on track.
While there’s been a lot of talk about Quentin Tarantino’s involvement in a future Star Trek outing, the next instalment of the franchise is set to be written and directed by Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley.
Through his 26 Keys production banner, Hawley will also produce alongside JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.
Deadline first reported the news, and while there aren’t many more details on the project, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, and Karl Urban will all be returning to the Enterprise for this fourth outing. It will be the first in the franchise not to feature Chekov actor Anton Yelchin, following his tragic death in 2016, just a month prior to the release of Star Trek Beyond.
Hawley made his feature film directorial debut with Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz, Pearl Amanda Dickinson, Tig Notaro and Ellen Burstyn. The film chronicles the emotional post-mission deterioration of an astronaut, played by Portman.
The studio is separately working on a Star Trek spinoff that Quentin Tarantino is looking to direct, and has been working on with Abrams. This would be written by The Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith and would likely carry an R rating.
More on Star Trek when we have it.