Tarantino to Direct Next “Star Trek” Film?

There is some breaking news concerning the next possible “Star Trek” feature film. During July of last year, it was announced that a fourth ‘alternate timeline’ feature was being developed, with an eye toward bringing back Chris Hemsworth as the ill-fated George Kirk (who died saving the USS Kelvin’s crew in 2009’s Star Trek.  However, that project may now be in limbo, as it was recently reported that J.J. Abrams, the current producer of the “Trek” film franchise, has been talking with fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino about developing a fourth “Trek” film. Tarantino has also hinted that he might even direct the feature, if the project goes forward.

Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams

Tarantino has since met with three potential writers about his “Star Trek” film proposal, and the first draft front-runner is now said to be – Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”). And get this – Tarantino wants the new film to be R-rated, and Abrams and Paramount have agreed!  This is not surprising, given that Tarantino’s resume consists almost entirely of R-rated work.  Some of you are already imagining an increased redshirt body count.  One could also envision a higher number of new girls for Captain Kirk.

At least one Star Trek actor is said to be interested in these new developments.  Sir Patrick Stewart, who previously said that he was open but skeptical about returning to the big screen as Captain Picard unless the story was right, now says that working on a Tarantino Trek would be a dream come true. Stewart has said, “…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…The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame, it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does, I also love his sense of humor as a filmmaker. So yes, he would be my first choice.”

At this time, it’s not known whether Tarantino’s Trek film would indeed involve Picard, or any elements of ST: TNG. We’ll keep following this story as it develops.

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