“Mr. Spock Your Actin’ Like A First Year Fuckin’ Thief… I’m Acting Like A Professional!”
Quentin Tarantino is currently doing the circuit promoting his upcoming 9th movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
A couple of months ago, he spoke briefly about him directing a Star Trek movie, it was very brief. But on these recent promo press conferences, when QT was asked to provide an update, the director opened up a bit more about his Trek project.
Tarantino was asked about Trek’s current stage in the development process. He confirmed that it will be produced by J.J. Abrams, and The Revenant scriptwriter, Mark L. Smith is currently finishing off the script, which was based on Tarantino’s story idea.
Tarantino said about the script:
“There’s a script that exists for it now, I need to weigh in on it, but haven’t been able to do that yet.”
Unsurprisingly, and something that’s been mentioned dozens of times already, is that QT would want to make the movie R-rated. The director confirmed:
“Oh yeah! It’s an R-rated movie. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is out next month. His comments sound like he is interested in taking the next steps to develop the Trek project later this year. And based on comments from Paramount president Wyck Godfrey in January, the studio is equally keen for a Tarantino Trek.
“Giving Star Trek to Quentin Tarantino. Suddenly people’s eyes light up. Yours just did.”
Little is known about Tarantino’s Trek concept. Reports differ on what characters it would involve, although some of the cast of the Kelvin films have indicated they believe they would be involved, including Karl Urban who has called the concept “bananas.”
Cast members from Star Trek’s prime timeline have also expressed an interest in being involved, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and Jonathan Frakes.
So, after famously announcing he will make 10 films then quit as a Director, does this mean QT’s R-rated Star Trek could be his filmmaking swansong, or will he look to follow up the franchise entry with another original project?