Quentin Tarantino has been out doing press for the home video release of his love letter to 1960s Los Angeles, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Naturally, the Star Trek script idea he pitched to Bad Robot back in late 2017 has come up during those interviews. Folks who know Tarantino also know he’s a bit of a stream of consciousness talker and goes back and forth on all kinds of ideas. For example, last week he was also tossing around the idea of doing a Kill Bill: Volume 3.
With that, it shouldn’t really be surprising that the same week he told Consequence of Sound he was “steering away” from the Trek project, he softened his stance a couple of days later while speaking to Mike Fleming Jr. of Deadline:
“I might be steering away from it, but we’ll see, I haven’t completely decided, or talked to anyone involved. Nothing is official.”
It was never clear if the famous director was going to helm the movie. All that was certain was that Tarantino had a story idea he was excited about, which he pitched to J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot, who then hired writer Mark L. Smith to flesh out into a proper script. Deadline also reports that Smith (and presumably the folks at Bad Robot and Paramount) are happy with the script and it would be a good “gift” for another director if Tarantino ultimately passes on it.
Tarantino still needs to make a decision about directing his Trek script. The industry pundits expect him to turn his attention to this once the awards push for Once Upon A Time… winds down in early 2020.
If he decides to pass, it would not be the first time Tarantino has backed a project but not directed it. Presumably, he’d get a “story by” (or similar) credit, and might still want to be involved as a producer, so the Tarantino influence will likely still be apparent.
It’s also a film that executives at Paramount have been quite bullish on, bringing it up a few times throughout the last year, so it seems like even without Tarantino directing there’s still likely to be support for the film inside Paramount.
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