“Legion” creator Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next “star trek” film for Paramount, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.
The film will be fourth in the series that began with 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban are expected to return. Hawley will also produce via his 26 Keys production banner along with JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot banner.
There are currently three “Star Trek 4” scripts, TheWrap previously reported, speaking to a person familiar with the project — a fact let slip by Spock actor Zachary Quinto in a 2018 interview with E.T. Canada.
Incidentally, it’s not the first time a “Star Trek” sequel has arisen out of multiple scripts. 1982’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” was an amalgam of multiple screenplays. When Nicholas Meyer came aboard to direct, he picked through what he liked out of all of them — including original TV series creator Gene Roddenberry’s — and stitched them together.
The next “Trek” film was tentatively scheduled for a 2019 release, but Paramount hasn’t announced a production start date yet.
Hawley made his feature film directorial debut on “Lucy in the Sky,” which stars Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Tig Notaro and Ellen Burstyn. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was released in the fall by Fox Searchlight.
Hawley is repped by CAA.