If I asked you to play word association and gave you the name Quentin Tarantino, what would be possible answers? Violence? Dialogue? How about Klingon? In one of the stranger director-film combinations, Deadline is reporting that Tarantino has an idea for a Star Trek movie and has plans to direct the film.
In what sounds like an out of season April Fools joke, Tarantino has reportedly gotten the idea to take his career in a bold new direction, and has shared his Star Trek idea with J.J. Abrams, who took the idea to Paramount. The plan is to assemble a writers room that will put together the film based on Tarantino’s concept. If all goes well, Tarantino will direct with Abrams producing.
This would not just be a veering off into new territory for the enigmatic director, it would be a complete 180. Not only has Tarantino never directed a sci-fi film, but he’s always worked on original projects. The idea of him moulding a big, expensive chunk of a major franchise into his own vision sounds incredibly appetising.
Of course, we’re not there yet. Tarantino is currently developing his mysterious movie which somewhat revolves around the murder of Sharon Tate. The film was recently picked up by Sony and given a August 9, 2019 release date. That means that is almost certainly his next film, his ninth.
If he did direct a Star Trek film after that, it would be his tenth film, and considering Tarantino has repeatedly said that he plans to retire after ten films, it would be a surprise if his final project was a huge sci-fi blockbuster.
However, as we’ve learnt with directors like Steven Soderbergh, “retirement” is a word often thrown about but not always followed through with. After all, this Star Trek project is in the earliest of early stages. It’s entirely possible Tarantino merely ends up with a story credit while someone else eventually takes over directing duties.
So while there’s very little concrete assurances here, there’s plenty to be intrigued about. Tarantino will continue working on his latest project for now, while we wait and see if this Star Trek connection goes anywhere, or just becomes another in the long list of potential Tarantino projects that never got made.