While there is a lot of activity going on with Star Trek on TV, things have been mostly idle on the movie side, especially since the Star Trek 4 project was put on indefinite (and possibly permanent) hold. However, there still appears to be some life in the other Star Trek project in development at Paramount, the one based on an idea from Quentin Tarantino.
Tarantino talks Trek
Since it was assigned to screenwriter Mark L. Smith in December 2017, the Quentin Tarantino Trek project has been pretty quiet. It was always expected the project was something that would come after Star Trek 4, the follow-up to Star Trek Beyond, which was originally slated to go into production this year before it ran into trouble due to a salary dispute. Now for the first time, Tarantino is talking about his Trek project. An interview with Slashfilm has this exchange:
I feel like I have to ask this even though I don’t know if you’ll want to answer. But are you going to make a Star Trek movie? Is there any truth to that?
It’s a very big possibility. I haven’t been dealing with those guys for a while cause I’ve been making my movie. But we’ve talked about a story and a script. The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again.
Tarantino’s film Upon a Time in Hollywood will be released this summer, on July 26th. The Oscar-winning writer/director’s comments sound like he is keen to return to Star Trek later in the year. And based on comments from Paramount motion-picture group president Wyck Godfrey in January, the studio is also keen on Tarantino Trek.
Little is known about Tarantino’s Star Trek concept. Reports differ on what characters it would involve, although some Kelvin films cast have indicated they believe they would be involved, including Karl Urban who has called the concept “bananas.” Cast members from Star Trek’s prime timeline have also expressed an interest in being involved, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, and Jonathan Frakes.
Keep up with all the news on upcoming Trek films at TrekMovie.com.