Quentin Tarantino Star Trek Movie

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Quentin Tarantino Star Trek Movie

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Star Trek has undergone a number of changes in the last decade: J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise with a young, new cast and an alternate timeline, and this year marked the launch of a new TV series that took Starfleet in bold new directions. But, the most exciting turn might be yet to come, as Quentin Tarantino is developing a Star Trek film with Abrams. Imagine a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene in the Enterprise Officer’s Mess with phasers pointed at each other under the table. Or a plot that involves intertwining officers on a single ship told in different order. (“Chapter I: Once Upon a Time in Romulan Occupied Beta Quadrant.”)

Tarantino has come up with a “great idea” for a Star Trek movie at Paramount, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He’s shared the idea with Abrams, and the two are putting together a writer’s room to begin working on Tarantino’s story. If everything works out, Tarantino would direct the film with Abrams producing. Though he’s always written his own original scripts, Tarantino has long been interested in directing a major franchise, often noting that he’d want to work on a James Bond film. Thankfully, Paramount has given him the go-ahead to move forward with an R-rated film. He’s now officially brought in Mark L. Smith, who wrote the Revenant, to pen the script.

Tarantino also already has some intriguing prospects for stars in the upcoming film. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Next Generation, says he wants in on the project.

“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about,” he said. “But one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”

A couple of years ago, Tarantino mentioned that he’s always been more interested in making a Star Trek movie than a Star Wars movie. “The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule,” he said. “You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.”

Tarantino is currently making his ninth film for Sony, which is reportedly set in 1969 and focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. It’s also framed by the Manson murders.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to “Set phasers to kill, motherfucker.”

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