Paramount Pictures decided to take a break from making another Star Trek movie, nine months after hiring Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley to write and direct the next installment of the franchise.
The decision comes five weeks after the studio nominated former 20th Century Fox film executive Emma Watts to be president of Paramount Motion Group. Paramount had no comment. Sources said Watts put the brakes on Hawley’s project to get more clarity on how to deal with the next Star Trek movie, but added that the project had not been canceled.
The studio was also developing another Star Trek project with producers Quentin Tarantino and Mark L. Smith. Paramount also tried to launch another Star Trek movie in 201
Hawley’s project was expected to see Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Carl Urban and Zoe Saldana return to the USS Enterprise crew. The bad robot JJ Abrams will return to produce, and Hawley will also produce through his banner to produce 26 keys.
Hawley, executive producer of Fargo and Legion, made his directorial debut for the feature film Lucy in the Sky, starring Natalie Portman and John Hamm.
The original television series launched in 1966 and Star Trek: The Motion Picture opened in 1979 and became the fourth largest film of the year. Paramount restarted the franchise in 2009, with Abrams directing Star Trek, followed by Into Darkness in 2013 and Beyond in 2016.
The next film will be the 14th film in the franchise. The deadline in Hollywood announced the news for the first time.