‘The Revenant’ Screenwriter To Pen Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ | Film News
The news that surfaced a month ago that Quentin Tarantino was looking to direct a Star Trek movie of all things was crazy enough, but it was fair to assume that the strange possibility of the eccentric auteur with a love for violence and profanity directing a big budget sci-fi blockbuster was just a pipe dream. But since then, things have moved on very quickly.
Since then, Tarantino shared a pitch with J.J. Abrams who took it to the higher ups at Paramount. Since then, the possibility that Tarantino himself may direct the film remains very open, and the film now looks even closer to being a genuine, real thing, since The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith has been hired to pen the screenplay.
Smith reportedly became a favourite for Abrams and Paramount after scripting the WWII thriller, Overlord, and emerged as the frontrunner after taking part in a writer’s room for the Star Trek project alongside Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and Megan Amram (The Good Place).
The film is expected to be rated R as a condition of Tarantino’s involvement, which is far easier for Paramount to swallow after seeing the success of R-rated action films like Deadpool and Logan earlier in the year. Smith will write the film while Tarantino is off working on his next film, a drama set during the summer of Charles Manson‘s 1969 murders.
Details of Tarantino’s pitch have been kept tightly under wraps, and considering that his Manson drama is not yet set to be released until August 9, 2019, we could be in for a bit of a wait for any news regarding his possible – perhaps now probable? – Star Trek movie.
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