Despite his one feature film, Lucy in the Sky, being a total mess, Noah Hawley remains a sought-after director. His four seasons on FX’s hit series Fargo have won him a lot of supporters, as well as the possible keys to a pair of franchises: Star Trek and Alien. But at least according to Hawley, we won’t be seeing anything from him on either of those fronts any time soon.
In recent months, there has been talk of Hawley possibly heading up a TV series based on the classic Alien franchise. This while Ridley Scott continues to try and move forward with more sequels on the big screen. However, in speaking with Deadline, Hawley is doubtful that it’ll happen. He’s been affected more than most by the Fox/Disney deal (remember his Doctor Doom movie?), and is understandably negative about anything with ties to Disney right now…
“I know that there’s an effort to reshuffle a lot of things post-Disney takeover and [the ‘Alien’ TV series] was a conversation that I had a couple years back. And I have not in the last few weeks been having those conversations about it. But I know that like any studio that there’s a great desire to make the most of one’s library so I wouldn’t be surprised to see something like that. Ya know, I have conversations from time to time but I’m not committed.”
Meanwhile, Hawley was also in line to direct a new Star Trek film for Paramount. This one would’ve been separate from the trio of films by JJ Abrams, but lately there’s been little talk of the franchise other than on CBS All Access.
“[‘Star Trek’] doesn’t appear to be in my immediate future. I think when Emma [Watts] came [to Paramount], she took a look at the franchise and wanted to go in a different direction with it. But you know, life is long, we were very close to production but in this business that doesn’t mean much. You got to get out of the gate to be in the race if you know what I mean.”
So if you’re anxious for more from Hawley, maybe it’s a good idea to rewatch all four seasons of Fargo, and hope he comes back for a fifth.