Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek movie is close to finding a writer. The current favorite is Revenant writer Mark L. Smith!
Quentin Tarantino has pitched an idea for a new Star Trek film and Paramount loves it, according to Deadline, which reports that Tarantino is in talks to explore the final frontier for the studio. While nothing is set in stone, Tarantino has already met with producer J.J. Abrams about his Star Trek idea, as well as with a writers room.
Deadline also reports that Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) is set to pen the script. Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) were also in the running to write the film and met with Tarantino in late 2017 to discuss story ideas.
If all goes according to plan, the film is shooting for an R rating, and Tarantino might direct the movie himself. This would be the first time the director has taken on a project in an existing franchise. Although he’s preferred to create his own material for most of his career, Tarantino has expressed interest in working with a franchise in the past, namely a Bond movie. That said, Star Trek would be a huge departure from the rest of his work.
Back in 2015, he told Vulture that he wasn’t really interested in making a sci-fi film, but that he might have an idea for one that “wouldn’t involve spaceships.” We’ll assume he wasn’t talking about Trek, which mostly involves spaceships. That said, whatever his Trek idea is, we’re sure it’s pretty far-out. And who’s to say that it isn’t a movie where the Enterprise travels back in time to the Old West for a Magnificent Seven-like adventure?
Tarantino is making his next film for Sony. It takes place in the 1960s, right around the time of the Manson murders. Margot Robbie has been cast as Sharon Tate. Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Cruise are in talks for two leading roles as well. That movie is out on August 9, 2019, which means we wouldn’t see Tarantino’s Star Trek movie until 2021 at the very earliest. That’s plenty of time to make Star Trek 4 in the interim.
As far as Trek 4 goes, Zachary Quinto (Spock) gave an update back in July, saying the sequel was still being written.
“If I had [an update] I would give it to you,” Quinto told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m expecting [the news of a fourth movie] to be true, but it’s always this way. It’s like, ‘Yes, we’re going to do it!’ but then there’s always a process – writing a script being primary among them – and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. on the other end.”
In a particularly bold move, Paramount has already announced what Star Trek 4 will be about. Here’s the synopsis from the studio:
“In the next installment of the epic space adventure, Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk will cross paths with a man he never had a chance to meet, but whose legacy has haunted him since the day he was born: his father.”
It remains to be seen whether this story actually gets made now that a new captain might be coming aboard. We’ll keep you informed as we learn more about Tarantino’s upcoming five year mission where no man has gone before.