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Paramount Pictures is in final talks with Noah Hawley to write and direct a Star Trek film. He will co-produce alongside JJ Abrams, he via his 26 Keys production company, and Abrams via his Bad Robot production company. It is to be the fourth film in the franchise reboot, led by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban – though Quinto and Pine had previously both walked on pay negotiations on Star Trek #4, and the justification for the creation of the so-called Kelvin Timeline no longer exists, now that Paramount doesn’t have to tip-toe around the CBS-held components of the Star Trek franchise, making a continuation of those actors in their roles unlikely (but still possible).

Hawley is currently Doing All the Things on the television series Legion – writing, directing, producing and showrunning the show, in addition to doing all those things on FX’s Emmy-winning limited series Fargo. He is one of the most accomplished auteurs and versatile storytellers working in television, film and literature.  He currently is in production on the fourth season, which stars Chris Rock, with Hawley directing the first episodes.

Zachary Quinto and Christopher Pine as Spock and Kirk in 2009’s “Star Trek”.

Hawley also has written Fargo: This Is a True Story, a companion book to the first three seasons of the series, published by Grand Central Publishing last month. Also a bestselling author, Hawley has published five novels: A Conspiracy of Tall Men, Other People’s Weddings, The Punch, The Good Father and most recently the bestseller Before the Fall.

Hawley made his feature film directorial debut on Lucy in the Sky, which premiered at Toronto before Fox Searchlight released in the fall. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Dan Stevens, Zazie Beetz, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Tig Notaro and Ellen Burstyn and chronicles the emotional post-mission deterioration of an astronaut (Portman).

Paramount’s most recent Star Trek entry was Star Trek Beyond, the 2016 film that was directed by Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin.

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