Quentin Tarantino Says If He Did STAR TREK It Would Have Time Travel And Be Character Focused
Quentin Tarantino recently spoke to Nerdist about how he would do a Star Trek film, and I'll be damned if he didn't diagnose one of the major problems I've had with the franchise. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the Star Trek films, but at the end of the day I always find myself enjoying the television stories far more than I would enjoy any of the films.
Tarantino points out why that may be in his talking about how every adventure has to be an "ensemble" adventure (via Comicbook):
"They might have trapped themselves a little bit by the simple fact they have to use all the crew now. In all the films they’ve established it so much, that you need Uhura, you need a Scotty, you need Bones, you need all that stuff going on all the time — everybody has to be represented in some big story where they all have to deal. Where I actually think it could be cool — 'cause some of those episodes are fantastic, and the only thing that limited them was their sixties budget and eight days shooting schedule, and even having said that they did a magnificent job — but you could take some of the great, classic Star Trek episodes and just easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some really amazing, amazing stuff.”
Tarantino then went on to talk about "The City on the Edge of Forever" which features Kirk and Spock time traveling after Bones disrupts history. Tarantino's point (which kind of gets lost in his rant above) is that some of the franchises best stories involve an individual or small group of the crew rather than trying to work in the entire staff into the adventure.
Another thing Tarantino mentioned was time travel. Specifically, the episode of Star Trek: TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise" where an Enterprise from the past appears and screws up the timeline:
"I actually think that is not only one of the great space stories, but the way it dealt with the mythology of the whole thing — that actually could bare a two-hour treatment."
So what have we learned? If Quentin Tarantino did a Star Trek film (which would likely never happen) it would have time travel and a character-driven story. Sounds like a good idea to me, although guys like Karl Urban (who became quite angry when his role was reduced) may not like the call. What do you think about Tarantino's suggestion?