Quentin Tarantino's STAR TREK Movie is Still in Development at Paramount Pictures
No long ago we reported that Paramount Pictures shelved director S.J. Clarkson’s Star Trek 4 after Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth dropped out. Well, in case you were wondering what the status of Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project is, it’s still moving forward!
The New York Times recently did a profile on the new leadership at Paramount Pictures and Wyck Godfrey, the president of the film division confirmed that Tarantino’s Star Trek was still happening and when talking about bringing up the idea of that to people he says, “Suddenly people’s eyes light up, Yours just did.”
There aren’t really any story details on the film yet, but The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith is writing the script. Karl Urban also shared some thoughts on the film saying that it's "bananas".
"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."
Urban went on to say:
"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."
He then adds that he thinks Tarantino would deliver something completely unique:
"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."
The actor also talks about the R-rating of the film and explains that it will mostly be to show the horrors of space:
"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."
I’m happy to hear that Tarantino’s Star Trek is still in development. I’m really excited to see how that turns out!