If there’s one name in the film world that can regularly send the internet into flurries of hysteria, it’s Quentin Tarantino. Perhaps it’s the rarity of his creations, and his accompanying mystique, or perhaps it’s his devilishly handsome good looks. It could also be because the movies he makes are fucking sick.
And thus, the fans rejoice once more. Tarantino has been dropping hints for months that he may choose to direct a gangstered-up version of Star Trek. Since pitching the idea to producer JJ Abraham and Paramount, a script has been written – but the studio hasn’t officially given a green-light to the project.
The writer-director has always said he’ll do a total of 10 films and then retire. With the release of his 9th film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood earlier this year, an official announcement of this film could be a bittersweet moment for many. Fans have wondered if Tarantino’s 10-film plan applies only to original properties, thus creating a loophole whereby he could potentially direct Star Trek and one more original project. The man himself has quashed such speculation, declaring that “10 films is 10 films”.
So, if QT really is allowed to let loose on this R-rated space gangster epic, what will he deliver? Expect his breads and butters – space weapons, blood, etc – but what else? The short answer is we just don’t know, because nobody has given Tarantino the keys to a franchise movie before. Personally, I’m hoping for erotic extra-terrestrial encounters, open-space oxygen deprivation, and some occasional lines of star dust – at least.