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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...
After spending a lengthy time in development hell that included Chris Pine walking away from the franchise, it seemed like Star Trek 4 was finally shaping up to be a reality when Noah Hawley became the newest director attached to the project in November 2019. But since then, there hasn’t been much movement, and Simon Pegg doesn’t sound very optimistic in a recent interview with Games Radar. Pegg not only plays Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott a.k.a. Scotty, but he also co-wrote Star Trek Beyond. In short, he has an inside track on the calculations happening behind the scenes:
“The fact is, Star Trek movies don’t make Marvel money,” Pegg, promoting his latest movie Lost Transmissions, said. “They make maybe $500m at the most, and to make one now, on the scale they’ve set themselves, is $200m. You have to make three times that to make a profit.
“I don’t feel like the last one… They didn’t really take advantage of the 50th anniversary. The regimen at the time dropped the ball on the promo of the film. And we’ve lost momentum. I think losing Anton [Yelchin] was a huge blow to our little family, and our enthusiasm to do another one might have been affected by that. So I don’t know.”
There also appears to be indecision surrounding whether to make the next film a sequel to Star Trek Beyond or start from scratch in a reboot. Hawley seemed to be leaning towards the latter during the TCAs in January 2020, according to Collider:
“It’s still early days. For me, it’s definitely an a new direction, but it’s still early, in terms of who exactly would be in it or what the characters would be. I don’t think of it as Star Trek 4, to be reductive. This is a new beginning.”
With concerns about profits and second thoughts about whether to keep J.J. Abrams’ already rebooted cast, Star Trek fans probably shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a new movie. But at least they have Picard.
Via Games Radar, Collider
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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!...