For the last 24 hours the idea of Quentin Tarantino‘s take on Star Trek has been making big headlines. But is it really anything more than just hype? I mean in relative terms, yeah, everybody who is a fan of the director and of this franchise could and should be hyped about all of this, but what are the odds of it actually happening? Personally I think it is slim-to-none.
“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.” – Quentin Tarantino
I mean for one thing, he’s not even writing the script. Mark L. Smith (The Revanant, Overlord) is. Sure, it’s based on an idea that he pitched to J.J. Abrams, but it’s just the idea, not Tarantino‘s actual voice put to paper. Which, as I write this, may be a good thing. While Tarantino has a fantastic way of writing dialogue and telling a story, I just don’t see his style fitting into the Star Trek Universe very well. And he hasn’t even given his input yet. Sure, he’s been busy finishing up Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (which I’m pretty hyped to see). And he says he will direct his focus on the project once his film is released.
And that brings me to my next point. Besides being a guest director for a small segment of Sin City, and an episode of E.R., Tarantino has never directed anything that anyone else has written. Now, for most directors that is the norm, but not for this guy. He’s had a strong vision and very direct plan about his film making legacy in his sights for a while now. It would just be weird for him to up and pull a 180° turn like that now. And a major part of that plan has been to stop making films after his tenth one. And guess what folks, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is his ninth one. No way is he gonna make his last film a franchise film.
Besides all of that, Paramount hasn’t even hired him. All of this is still one big giant pitch, probably to generate enough interest in the fourth film (of the Kelvin timeline) after the third one fell kind of flat at the box office, and the original concept came to a halt because they couldn’t get Chris Pine and Hemsworth on board. And to top it all off, director S.J. Clarkson bailed to go work on the Game of Thrones prequel for HBO.
“Oh yeah! It’s an R-rated movie. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated.”
And really, do you think Paramount would let the film be R rated? I highly doubt it.
All that being said, I would be super stoked if all the stars aligned for this and it actually did happen, but it just seems a little far fetched at this point.
What do you guys think? Is a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek in the realm of possibility to you? Or is the franchise dead in the water until the next eventual reboot?