For the most part, all things Star Trek have been hunky-dory - at least in terms of Paramount’s efforts over at the CBS All Access streaming service. Star Trek: Picard is set to thrust audiences back into the world of The Next Generation with Patrick Stewart, Discovery‘s Michelle Yeoh is getting her own spin-off series, and a Star Trek cartoon from a Rick and Morty writer is also in the works. Hell, even in the realms of feature films, none other than Quentin Tarantino is hard at work on his own Star Trek movie.
But what about the followup to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond? The original cast minus Anton Yelchin, who died tragically in 2016 and Chris Hemsworth, who played a small role in the 2009 reboot, were set to return for a fourth entry, but things fell apart in the summer of 2018. Hemsworth and Chris Pine both dropped out, though Pine later suggested he might not be done playing Captain James T. Kirk, but Star Trek 4 has so far remained in development hell. Or, at least that was until Variety revealed on Tuesday that Lucy in the Sky‘s Noah Hawley was set to direct the next Star Trek feature.
That’s right, folks. The many behind FX’s Fargo anthology series and the surreal Marvel adaptation Legion has been tapped to set Star Trek 4 back on course. Obviously, Variety‘s sources indicated next to nothing was known about the film’s plot, the script for which is also being written by Hawley, but they did claim “Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana [would be] returning to man the U.S.S. Enterprise.” Evidently, whatever storyline was meant for the film’s original attempt at production has been totally scrapped.
With the novel coronavirus keeping Hawley at home in Austin, he opens up about shutting down production on 'Fargo,' staying off Twitter and teaching his kids how to get back to the basics.
With production grinding to a halt in the face of the novel coronavirus, the entertainment industry has found itself navigating uncharted territory. To offer a better sense for how, The Hollywood Reporter is running a regular series that focuses on how Hollywood's top writers, actors, directors, executives and more are living and working in these challenging times.
Noah Hawley, the creator of FX's Fargo adaptation, was filming the fourth season of the anthology series in Chicago when FX announced it would be shutting down production. With two episodes unfinished, the show was moved off its planned April 19 premiere date, and will no longer debut in time to qualify for the 2020 Emmy season. With a new date still up in the air, Hawley returned to his home in Austin, Texas, where he's been spending his days with his wife and two kids, still editing Fargo albeit at a much more leisurely pace, and spending his time watching Governor Andrew Cuomo for comfort and teaching his kids how to get back to the basics.
So, what does your day look like now?
On some level, my day hasn't changed dramatically in that I'm a parent and we wake at the normal hour and we get everybody up and the coffee gets made and the breakfast gets made. So, we keep those routines. It's good for the children that things seem normal to them. And then, if it's during the week, I try to get the kids out and run them a bit in the yard to get some energy out, get a little exercise, and then I'll get to work at the normal time, 9 or 10 a.m. I'm editing on Fargo and I'm writing a script and the business of Hollywood is still open enough that I'm doing studio or network calls. So on some level, it feels very much like a version of life when I'm not on location -- where I'm just home and writing. On the other hand, I'm stopping at certain points in the day to Clorox the groceries that arrive. What's been the easiest adjustment?
The easiest adjustment for me is that I get to be home with my family for a concentrated and open ended amount of time. Because I live in Austin, I am often traveling either to L.A. or to Chicago, where we were filming Fargo. So, there was a lot of coming and going, last year especially with makingLucy In the Sky and then going from Lucy into Legion and then Legion into Fargo -- I've just been running around the whole time. So the easiest adjustment is probably the thing that people are balking about, which is I'm happily trapped here with my family in a meaningful way.
And the hardest?
We were three weeks from wrapping Fargo, so I have three quarters of a show that I can't show people until I finish. And I...
Content! It’s all about content! And if you’re already running out of things to watch at home, CBS All Access is here to help. The streaming subscription service was already offering up a free trial for 30 days, but since it looks like we’re going to be social distancing for at least another month, they’ve extended the trial period for another 30 days. That means you can get a 60-day CBS All Access free trial right now, giving you plenty of time to binge The Twilight Zone reboot and more.
Mashable called our attention to the 60-day CBS All Access free trial. All you have to do is head over to the streaming service’s website, and when you go to checkout, use the promo code GIFT and sign up for a one-month free trial. Once your account is created, then go into your account settings and in the “Subscription & Billing” area you can put in the ENJOY promo code to add another free month.
With two months of CBS All Access, you’ll have plenty of time to stream as much Star Trek as you please. They have everything from Star Trek: The Animated Series to Star Trek: The Next Generation. Plus, you’ll find the CBS All Access exclusives Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek: Picard available there too. If you’re wondering where the original Star Trek series from 1966 is streaming, you’ll have to head to Hulu or Amazon Prime.
That’s not all the sci-fi offerings CBS All Access has. You can also find both the original iteration of The Twilight Zone and the reboot of the anthology series from executive producer Jordan Peele. Our review painted a complimentary portrait of the modern spin on the classic series, so now’s the time to check it out.
All you crime procedural fans out there will get plenty of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS, including the spin-offs NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, and CSI: Miami. There’s also both the original and new versions of MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.
Reality show junkies can get their fix with tons of episodes of Survivor, Big Brother, and The Amazing Race. Even though Big Brother might hit a little too close to home for everyone stuck at home, the other two shows will be therapeutic for those who are desperate for a change of scenery.
But if you’re not interested in any of those contemporary shows, there are plenty of classics available too, including I Love Lucy, Magnum P.I. Mission: Impossible, Family Ties, Gunsmoke, Taxi, and Perry Mason.
The only way to figure out what you want to watch from CBS All Access is to sign up for that free channel. So enjoy!