Earlier, we reported on comments made by Karl Urban (McCoy) at last weekend’s Trekonderoga convention, about how he was confident that the salary dispute with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth will be resolved and Star Trek 4 will move forward. But at the same event, the actor also talked about the other Star Trek movie project in development at Bad Robot and Paramount, the one pitched by auteur writer/director Quentin Tarantino. TrekMovie was there and has those details as well as more from Urban at Trekonderoga 2018.
Urban ready to go bananas in Tarantino Trek
Karl Urban gave the crowd at the Trekonderoga a briefing on the Quentin Tarantino Trek project, revealing he knows something about the story:
Quentin Tarantino went in to [producer] J.J. [Abrams]’s offices and pitched him an idea for a Star Trek movie. I know a little bit about what that is, and it’s bananas. So, they are writing that as well. He is currently making a film with Brad Pitt and and [Leonardo] DiCaprio [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood]. So, it is going to be a year away from finishing that. So, it would be really rad to get to make a film with him. That would be a dream come true, he is definitely an auteur. Whether you like his films or not, he is a good filmmaker. And he makes interesting stuff. So, to me, that is when you get the best results.
Confirms Kelvin cast in Tarantino Trek
Responding to a question about what he thinks Tarantino brings to Star Trek, Urban confirmed that the Kelvin cast would be involved in the movie:
I was personally delighted he was not only a Star Trek fan, but also interested in working with our cast. It’s not only a new story, but he is just one of those filmmakers that has a very unique and specific vision. And he totally utilizes the camera to tell the story. I think he would make a great Star Trek movie, I really do.
Okay with just doing Tarantino Trek
Even though Urban expressed confidence that Star Trek 4 project will move forward, he also said:
I think that Tarantino would be able to do something quite unique. So, fingers crossed that will happen. It is in the hands of Paramount. If we don’t get to make [Star Trek 4] next year with Chris Hemsworth, then that’s ok, let’s make a really good Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. You will have to wait longer, but it will be well worth it.
Tarantino Trek Rated R for horror of space
It has previously been reported that Tarantino wants his Trek film to have an R-rating, but Urban assured the crowd that doesn’t mean it would be filled with f-bombs like a typical Tarantino film:
You shouldn’t worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff. He wants an R-rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it’s not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first…It allows some some breadth…gives him some leeway to do that. To me, that was always one of the things I loved about what DeForest Kelley did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid.
Believes in Roddenberry’s Star Trek’s vision
Karl Urban may be ready for a unique take on Star Trek from Tarantino, but he still believes in the core origins of the franchise. When asked a question about his impressions of the state of affairs in the United States, as seen from someone from New Zealand, the actor said the country felt like the “Disunited States,” leading him to talk about how he feels everyone would be better off if they stick with the ideals of Star Trek:
That’s one of the things I really respected and appreciated about Gene Roddenberry’s vision, was this hopeful view of the future and the fact that you had this wagon train to the stars that had a multi-cultural crew and they were working together in order to solve their common enemy or whatever the problems were. That to me was a vision of humanity that had overcome it its more base instincts, overcome war and greed and rampant commercial exploitation of the environment. It had overcome that and was united in the spirit of exploration. That is what always appealed to me about Star Trek. That and it was a character driven show and you tune in each week to see how this group of eclectic individuals had to overcome their personal differences with each other in order to succeed.
Ready to return to Dredd
Switching gears to another franchise, Urban talked about reprising the role of Judge Dredd, which he played in the 2012 film Dredd. A new TV series set in the same universe called Mega-City One is in development, and the actor indicated he could be ready to put back on the helmet for it, saying:
I’m not attached to it, although I did have a preliminary round of conversations with them. I am interested in doing it. There are a lot of great stories to tell there. It is up to them. I don’t know really where they are in the stages of development. If I get the opportunity, great, otherwise some else will do it, and we can all see some more Judge Dredd. I did read the comics when I was a kid, as I teenager I read Judge Dredd a lot.
Urban also revealed what he knows about how the show is structured and what role Dredd plays in the series:
Their idea for Mega-City One is was basically to build the show around more rookie judges and young, new judges and Dredd would come in and out and I said that I’ll do it, but it has to be done in a meaningful way. I can’t just come on and grunt and pull faces, there has to be a story there for him. There has to be a kind of little arc and a story we are trying to tell. So, we will see what they do.
More from Trekonderoga
See our earlier report about Karl Urban talking about Star Trek 4. Also, check out our report with comments to the press from Gates McFadden, where she talks about her time on TNG and the upcoming Star Trek series with Patrick Stewart as Picard.
Keep up with all the news on the upcoming Star Trek movies at TrekMovie.com.