It’s been over three years since the last Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, but plans are finally underway for a fourth film in the Chris Pine-led era of the series. Deadline is reporting that Noah Hawley is in “final talks” to write and direct the film, which would be a co-production between his production company 26 Keys and JJ Abrams’s Bad Robot. Hawley is best known as the writer and showrunner of FX’s Fargo, which is set to air a fourth season next year. He’s also a novelist and the showrunner of X-Men spin-off Legion.
A fourth film in the series was confirmed before the previous one was even released, but it has taken a while to come together. The film was originally to be directed by SJ Clarkson, but she dropped out to direct a Game of Thrones spin-off that has since been cancelled.
The new movie will bring back Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana–Pine was previously reported to have turned down the contract offered, but it sounds as though he’s back on board. Sadly, cast member Anton Yelchin, who played Scotty, tragically passed away before the release of Beyond; Abrams has promised that the character will not be recast.