The writer and director of the next Star Trek movie has been hinting it might just be a standalone project.

Time continues to pass since the last Star Trek movie his the big screen. Star Trek Beyond, from 2016, was the third movie to feature the recast crew of the USS Enterprise, lead by Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Since then, there have been plans for a fourth film featuring the ensemble, as well as a standalone separate project that Quentin Tarantino has been juggling.

There’s a sporting chance now we’ll get neither. Tarantino has in recent times dampened down talk of tackling a Star Trek film. But also, with the appointment of new director Noah Hawley, it looks like the big screen take on the franchise is heading off in a completely fresh direction.

Hawley, who’s penning the script as well as directing, has completed work on Fargo season 4, which means his focus is now on Trek. And he revealed in a fresh interview with Deadline that “I have my own take on Star Trek”.

He was being quizzed about which cast he intends to use, and he told the outlet that he was “going back to what I loved about the series Next Generation, when a lot of franchises focus on ‘might makes right’, Star Trek is about exploration and humanity at its best, and diversity and creative problem solving”.

Now that doesn’t mean he’s using the Next Generation cast of course – Patrick Stewart is headlining his own TV spin-off, Picard – but it does sound like his options are open.

“There isn’t a mandate from Paramount to connect it”, he said in relation to the Trek television projects that are being developed.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. It does sound, though, like the new film is still a little way away.

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