Since he first pitched it to producer J.J. Abrams back in late 2017, Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie concept has been shrouded in mystery, which included the question of who would direct the film.
In April, Tarantino himself noted that the project is still a “big possibility“, and last month he confirmed a script has been written and would be R-rated. Having Tarantino attached to direct would certainly raise the film’s profile and is something Paramount would probably prefer. However, Tarantino has always said he will be retiring from directing after his 10th film, and his 9th film – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – comes out later this month. So would he want to end his career with a sci-fi/franchise film?
Cinemablend asked the auteur writer/director if he might make a Star Trek movie his 10th and final film. Tarantino pondered the various possibilities, showing that he is still considering directing the Star Trek movie, and giving himself an out in case he doesn’t want it to count as his tenth and final film:
I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.
He also said that he is open to making Star Trek his 10th and final film. You can listen to the full exchange with Cinamblend’s Reel Talk podcast below:
With the follow-up to Star Trek: Beyond in potential permanent limbo, Tarantino’s Star Trek project would be the next film in the franchise. The project has been touted as such recently as this year by Paramount, but no serious movement has been reported about the film moving forward.
Keep up with all the news on upcoming Trek films at TrekMovie.com.