In addition to working on pre-production for his 1969/Manson Family movie, Quentin Tarantino is making progress on his R-rated Star Trek movie. After working with a handful of writers – Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, Drew Pearce, and Megan Amram – Tarantino and JJ Abrams have selected The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith to pen a screenplay based on Tarantino’s idea. Smith has been a frontrunner since the beginning of this process, so it’s not really surprising that he was ultimately selected to write the film, but it is an exciting development considering his past work.
Smith has worked predominantly in the horror genre, penning 2007’s Vacancy and Joe Dante’s 2009 film The Hole, among others. He was nominated for a Satellite Award in 2015 for co-writing The Revenant with the film’s director, Alejandro Iñárritu. Additionally, his screenplay for Overlord – which he co-wrote with Billy Ray – is currently in production with Wyatt Russell starring and Julius Avery (Son of a Gun) directing. That said, this collaboration with Tarantino is going to be a massive step forward for the writer. Iñárritu is well-known in the art house and independent film circles, but Tarantino is a household name, and any director, writer, or producer who gets the opportunity to work with him finds some kind of mainstream success afterward.
As far as Tarantino’s Manson movie goes, he’s still in the process of signing on Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate. Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt have also reportedly been offered roles. The plan is to begin production in the spring of next year, with an August 9th, 2019 release date scheduled. Those with a particular interest in the Manson Family killings might recognize August 9th as the day Sharon Tate was murdered, and 2019 is the 50th anniversary of her death.
There’s no release date set for Tarantino’s Star Trek movie, but check back soon for more info right here on GEEK!
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