Tarantino to Direct a Star Trek Film?

This, honestly, is one of those pieces of news that you’ll have to take with an entire salt shaker. I’ve seen it reported a bunch today from reputable sources and I’m still not sure I believe it. But, these are the fact as we know them: Deadline is reporting that Tarantino reached out to J.J. Abrams, the man who directs all the movies with Star in the name, and pitched him an idea for a new Star Trek film. Abrams liked it, and they’re assembling a writer’s room to hash out the idea and turn it into a script. If everyone likes it, Tarantino may – may – decide to direct it as his tenth movie, after the film he’s working on now for Sony, inspired by the Manson murders.

So, this is a far fetched idea still, and may never happen, and requires the stars to align and Paramount to be willing to hand one of their major franchises to a director like Tarantino, who will absolutely want creative control and the final cut of the film.

That all said. Holy mother of god. Can you even imagine a Tarantino-helmed Star Trek film? There’s two ways I can see it going – the first being the “Dusk Til Dawn” or “Death Proof” route, where Tarantino spends half the movie having characters discuss a problem before an excellent action scene to tie it all up. This, actually, would not be a terrible Star Trek movie. The best episodes of the show are about people talking. But the other way, where he takes his mastery of pacing a tense story like “Inglorious Basterds” or “Pulp Fiction” and turns that into a science fiction thriller with starships and phasers…oh man. I would give a lot of money to see that movie.

Either way, this is a long way off even if it does happen. But can you imagine?

Patrick Lowry

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