Seems like the rumors just might be true. After wrapping up Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino just might be turning his attention to the Star Trek Universe. Tarantino has mentioned the project in interviews and shared a few details, such as Mark L. Smith, the writer behind The Revenant, “wrote a really cool script.”
You can expect a Tarantino experience on the movie. “If I’m going to do it,” states Tarantino in an interview with Deadline, “then I’m going to do it my way. If you’ve seen my nine movies, you kind of know my way is an R-rated way and a way that is without certain restrictions. So that goes part and parcel. I think it would be more controversial if I said I’m going to do a PG movie and it’s going to fit exactly in the universe. It’s not me.” From the sounds of it, JJ Abrams is on board with Tarantino’s vision. Tarantino continued in the interview, explaining, “The thing is, when I talked to JJ about it, it’s not that radical. We’re just not worrying about stuff like that. JJ said, ‘Quentin, I love this idea because I think with Star Trek we can go any way we want to.’ Look, I’ve got a situation. As long as Paramount likes the idea and the script they almost got nothing to lose right now when it comes to Star Trek. Deadpool showed that you can rethink these things, do them in a different way. So really, even before JJ knew what the idea was, his feeling was, if it wants to be an R rating, fine. If it wants to be the Wild Bunch in space, fine.”
While Tarantino is excited about exploring a different direction with Star Trek, he’s also excited about what may have been the highlight of the last three Star Trek movies, namely Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Of their performance as Kirk and Spock, Tarantino remarked, “Those two guys, they f***ing got it.” Simon Pegg, on the other hand, has drawn a bit of ire from the director. “I get annoyed at Simon Pegg. He doesn’t know anything about what’s going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff.” Whatever Tarantino decides to do, though, you can rest assured that it will be original and interesting.