A Star Trek reboot from the mind of Quentin Tarantino is a real possibility. Here are 5 predictions of how Tarantino’s Star Trek movie could go down.
Quentin Tarantino and Star Trek. The universe has been trying to push these two colossal forces together for years!
Tarantino is famous for his distinctive style of filmmaking. Fans can spot one of his productions from a mile away. From the funky cadence of the dialogue to the trippy graphics in the title sequences. His approach could never be mistaken for that of another artist.
Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, is a massive franchise made up of 13 films and 8 live-action and animated television series, with 5 more shows in development. Games, exhibits, books, theme park attractions, and other content keep millions of devoted fans, or Trekkies, engaged. But they are always eager for more.
After years of pitches, discussions, and speculation, it still seems very possible that this reboot will get off the ground. If the stars align, Tarantino’s Star Trek would draw audiences from both the filmmaker’s fan base and passionate Star Trek followers. This could ignite box office fireworks.
Will the project finally blast off? If so, Tarantino promises to deliver “Pulp Fiction in Space”. Yes, please! Revisit the Pulp Fiction trailer below.
Here are the top 5 predictions for how Tarantino’s Star Trek movie could come to life.
1. Rated-R realism is expected in Tarantino’s Star Trek
Quentin Tarantino isn’t squeamish. His movies often feature graphic action sequences with plenty of blood-spatter.
For example, in Pulp Fiction when two hitmen reign down “great vengeance and furious anger”, it gets very loud, and very bloody, very quickly. Later, one of the hit men must aggressively plunge an adrenaline shot to the bosom of a brunette bombshell who has overdosed. ““This is your brain on drugs”, kiddos.
Pulp Fiction isn’t the only film in which Tarantino gives audiences a bloody good time. His fans will also recall the “Crazy 88″ scene from Kill Bill: Vol 1. It was so unbelievable bloody, that the filmmaker placed a black-and-white filter on the sequence as a way to avoid an NC-17 MPAA rating.
Likewise, there’s no shortage of carnage in the historical Tarantino films Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. The former takes place during World War II. The latter was set during the barbarous era of slavery in the U.S. Django Unchained featured true-to-life depictions of slavery throughout, until the explosive fairytale ending, that-is.
If Tarantino’s Star Trek follows suit, we can expect an R-rating with gritty hand-to-hand combat, some drug-use, and graphic language (more on that below).
2. F-bombs may drop in Tarantino’s Star Trek
Many of the characters in Tarantino’s films use quirky language. His banter adds a flavor to the stories, draws us in, and makes us all feel a little cooler.
But make no mistake. Quentin Tarantino’s brand of banter is raw. Some of the most unforgettable lines in his films are peppered with swear words.
Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction characters drop the F-bomb 265 times collectively. Reservoir Dogs ups the ante with 269 uses of the four-letter-word. If Tarantino’s Star Trek comes to fruition, we can anticipate more potent patois.
Keeping the R-rated visuals and language in mind, fans may want to screen Tarantino’s Star Trek before watching it with any junior Trekkies. That means some of us will have a great reason to see the movie in theaters multiple times!
3. A memorable monologue might pop up in Tarantino’s Star Trek
Quentin Tarantino has a flair for writing dynamic dialogue. The word choices and alliteration create a groovy rhythm and flow. If moviemaking is a symphony of pictures and sound, then Quentin Tarantino is Hollywood’s dopest emcee.
As a director, he inspires dramatic heavyweights to deliver the dialogue with power and conviction without missing a beat. Tarantino is known for supersized speeches that end with metaphorical mic-drops.
Quentin Tarantino can create a feeling of defiance, desperation, or danger with a simple phrase like one of these:
“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?” – Mr. Blonde, Reservoir Dogs
“Wiggle your big toe.” – The Bride, Kill Bill Vol. 1
“Say ‘what’ again!” – Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction
Samuel L. Jackson’s “Say what again” tirade, which includes the Biblical verse Ezekiel 25:17, is one of the most famous quotes in film history. The scene from Pulp Fiction has been analyzed, spoofed, imitated, and celebrated.
Fans will certainly hang onto every word of Tarantino’s Star Trek if it comes to theaters. How will the dialogue take shape? Who will deliver the signature speeches? Time will tell.
4. A vintage tone may permeate Tarantino’s Star Trek
Quentin Tarantino has a talent for creating a retro feeling through audio and visuals. His film scores and soundtracks immerse audiences into his atmosphere. Every artistic choice, from the wardrobe to the shooting locations are intended to take us on a journey to his far-out world.
Tarantino has produced his share of historical dramas like the American Civil War era film, The Hateful Eight. Period pieces like this one demand vintage artistic choices. But even his films that are set in present day are modern with a retro twist.
Tarantino actually incorporated a literal retro twist in an iconic scene from Pulp Fiction. Watch the clip below.
Pulp Fiction characters Mia Wallace and Vincent Vega are just two examples of Tarantino’s modern characters with classic sensibilities.
How will Tarantino juxtapose contemporary elements with classic ones in his proposed Star Trek project? Will characters travel through time and space and create an opportunity to blend time? Fans are anxious to find out.
5. Hollywood OG’s and new talent could team up for Tarantino’s Star Trek
In past films, Quentin Tarantino has made unexpected casting choices that paid off big time. He has a knack for pairing seasoned actors with up-and-comers. In these instances, chemistry sparks on-screen and fresh, new audiences become fans of timeless stars.
Pam Grier starred as the title character in Tarantino’s Jackie Brown in the late 90s. She sizzled with budding actor Chris Tucker among others. Two decades earlier, Grier had risen to fame by starring in 70s blaxploitation films. Through Jackie Brown, Grier gained a brand-new camp of fans.
From Dusk Till Dawn, which Tarantino wrote and executive produced, featured stoner-flick idol Cheech Marin of Cheech & Chong fame. He shared screen time with the young powerhouse Juliette Lewis and Quentin Tarantino himself. Like Grier, this ignited a new career phase for Marin.
Who can we expect to see in Tarantino’s Star Trek? From Hollywood royalty to neophyte actors, Quentin Tarantino will surely surprise and delight fans with his casting decisions.
Are your fingers crossed that Tarantino’s Star Trek materializes? How do you think Star Trek would look through Tarantino’s unique lens? Leave a comment and join the discussion!