A few weeks ago, we ran a story about Quentin Tarantino discussing how he’d do a Star Trek movie if given the chance. It was a nice idea, in theory, for one of our most celebrated directors to tackle the ultimate geek property. But, for the most part, fans agreed that it was a pipe dream, and it could never happen. Well, prepare to be surprised, because Tarantino might actually get that Star Trek movie made. After his interview, Tarantino met with J.J. Abrams to pitch the idea, and apparently got an entire writers’ room assembled.
As crazy as this all sounds, Tarantino did say he was only going to direct two more movies after The Hateful Eight. His next film is a buddy comedy set in the Manson era, so why not let the other one be a Star Trek movie? Imagine if Tarantino did this Manson movie, and ended his career with a Star Trek movie, of all things? That would be the most surprising way to cap off a couple decades worth of work.
Of course, there’s the matter of whether or not Tarantino is actually going to retire for good. But, if we’re to believe what he says about his plans to retire, any potential Star Trek movie would technically be the last of his entire career.
The Manson movie is currently in development with plans to release on August 9th, 2019. Margot Robbie is the closest to being a confirmed star, so that announcement should be expected within the next few days. But, from what we’ve heard so far, it might end up being the funniest movie Tarantino’s ever made. Despite the Manson Family backdrop (as well as the focus on Sharon Tate), the story of an actor and his stunt double searching for fame by any means necessary sounds exactly like the kind of black comedy Tarantino should make while he still can.
In reality, I think Tarantino might help write a Star Trek movie, and he might even produce a Star Trek movie, but I don’t know if he’s the kind of director to sign on for continuing someone else’s franchise and having to abide by a lot of different guidelines and continuity requirements.
Stranger things have happened, and we’ve seen how much Tarantino loves supporting genre movies and ideas he really believes in. But is a big budget Star Trek movie really in the wheelhouse for him?
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Source: Slash Film