Today in “news I never would expect in a million years”, Quentin Tarantino is working on a new Star Trek movie with J.J. Abrams!
According to Deadline, who broke the original story, the word is that Tarantino came up with an idea for a new Trek film that Paramount liked, so the intention is for him to write the script with a possibility to direct.
Quentin Tarantino has not been a stranger to franchise names like Star Trek, he worked on an ER episode back in the 90s, and directed a highly publicised CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode.
The direct quote from Deadline is as follows:
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Sources said that Tarantino has come up with a great idea for a Star Trek movie at Paramount.
After sharing his idea with JJ Abrams (who himself is busy prepping Star Wars Episode IX), I’ve heard the plan is to assemble a writers room of scribes who’ll hear Tarantino’s take and begin to put together a movie. If it all works out, Tarantino might direct it, with Abrams producing.
It is known that Quentin Tarantino is more than happy to take on Star Trek, and in a Nerdist podcast episode he goes onto explain what episodes of The Original Series and The Next Generation would work in a full-length Star Trek movie. This particular part of the episode is here below:
Here comes the ‘but’…
He is currently hard at work on his 1960/1970 set California film during the era of the Sharon Tate/Charles Manson case, due for release in 2019. On top of that he made it clear that during his press run for The Hateful Eight, that he will be retiring after he has made 2 more films. One of those films is his Manson film, and for fans the other is hoped to be his final third Kill Bill film. Therefore is hard to see if he would end up directing this Star Trek film, or if he would add another film to his roster before he retires.
Star Trek Beyond was considered a financial failure for Paramount, especially considering the box office totals that Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness took in. Slashfilm goes into detail as to where the cast stand:
This underperformance has seemingly sidelined the new Trek, with actors Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock, and Karl Urban, who plays Bones, both claiming they had no idea when, if ever, a new film would happen.
Until we hear more on this front it can be assumed that Tarantino is writing a Trek movie, that this could take place within any part of the Trek universe, and that Paramount are looking at trying to make the Star Trek name valuable again for movie audiences.