Deadline’s Mike Fleming reports that Mark L. Smith, best known for his script to The Revenant, will be tasked with fleshing out the story idea Quentin Tarantino recently pitched to JJ Abrams for a potential Star Trek film. Smith emerged as the front runner after being part of a writer’s room competition with three other writers, as we had reported two weeks ago.
When could we see a Tarantino Trek?
Fleming also reports that Tarantino wants to direct the project. If he does intend to direct, it would likely have to occur after he completes his next film, a story about 1969 and the Charles Manson murders, which he is in the midst of casting and is already set for release on August 9, 2019.
That makes Summer 2020 a likely target. Paramount recently announced dates for some of their other franchises. The third G.I. Joe movie is planned for March 27, 2020. A new property, Micronauts, based on the ’70s toys, is scheduled for October 16, 2020. That leaves the ripe June/July summer blockbuster area open, which could potentially be filled by a new Trek movie.