The famous filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is presently developing a new Star Trek film for Paramount in association with J.J. Abrams, and he is likely to direct it as well. Abrams is credited for the revival of Star Trek movie franchise during the last decade after he relaunched the franchise in 2009. The revived franchise featured a fresh cast headed by Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto and the first two releases were quite successful. However, last year’s Star Trek Beyond failed to meet expectations at the box office even though it was praised by the critics. The failure of the movie led to the scrapping of plans related to the fourth film.
The Star Trek is such a high potential brand that you can’t just keep it out for ages, even if it is still basking in the glory of Star Trek Discovery. Therefore, it doesn’t surprise us to see Paramount seeking a new way of reintroducing the franchise, and now we hear that the revival might be orchestrated by one of the most brilliant filmmakers of our time.
The deadline came up with the report about Quentin Tarantino having recently pitched the concept of a new Star Trek movie to J.J. Abrams and Paramount. The proposal was well received. As of now, we hear that Paramount is working on setting up a writer’s room to give shape to Tarantino’s idea and if everything goes as expected, Abrams will be associated the project as a producer. The prospects of Tarantino directing the film depend on how the film’s developmental process and schedule shape up.
Ever since he made Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino has been among the top rung Hollywood filmmakers, and he has made several classic films. Throughout his illustrious career, Tarantino has always been interested in original stories or stories that have the scope of getting his own unique twist. This is how things appear to be with the film that he is currently involved with. The film is reportedly based on Charles Manson and is scheduled to release in 2019. This also means that the proposed Star Trek film will have to wait for a while before getting into production.
A full writer’s room has not yet been put in place, and we don’t know yet what elements will Tarantino seek to introduce in Star Trek. However, these are early days, and we can safely say that the project won’t get to the filming stage for the next few years. In the interim, we are unlikely to get further details about Tarantino’s vision, however, no matter what it is, it has certainly got Paramount excited. Not a long time back, Tarantino had stated that he would like to make a Star Trek film and was even ready to go beyond his ten film plan to fulfill his wish of directing that film.
As these are preliminary stages for the project, we have no idea whether it would take forward the franchise revived by Abrams, be based in Kelvin timeline, be an entirely new reboot or something vastly different. Tarantino is unlikely to bother about continuity of the earlier movies. Therefore, the best guess would be for a solo/reboot. However, the association of Abrams to the project might mean that Tarantino might just create the fourth film of the franchise. If that’s not the case, then it will be even more fascinating to see Tarantino recreate Star Trek according to his own fresh vision.