As a “Star Trek” fan, I don’t know how to feel about this. Quentin Tarantino (“The Hateful Eight”) could be teaming up with J.J. Abrams (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) for a trip through the final frontier. According to THR, Tarantino has a pitch for a fourth “Star Trek” film in the most recent film series, and the pair are already putting together a writers room at Paramount. Tarantino is also eyeing the director’s chair for the project, which would be his tenth and reportedly final film.
Paramount previously said they were developing a fourth flick in the rebooted series from Abrams, with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor: Ragnarok”) returning as Captain Kirk’s (Chris Pine, “Wonder Woman”) father. However, until this point no director was attached, and it’s unclear if Tarantino would be scrapping that storyline or expanding upon it. Tarantino previously told the Nerdist podcast he would helm a “Star Trek” film over a “Star Wars” episode, saying:
The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule. You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.
Abrams rebooted the beloved franchise with 2009’s “Star Trek,” which featured original TV series characters Captain James T. Kirk, Commander Spock and CMO Leonard “Bones” McCoy. After the film’s rousing success, he directed “Star Trek: Into Darkness” before handing the story off to Justin Lin, who brought us “Star Trek: Beyond,” with Simon Pegg (“Hot Fuzz”) pulling double-duty as actor and co-screenwriter with Doug Jung (“Dark Blue”).
Paramount had no comment on the possibility of Tarantino joining the “Star Trek” franchise. Tarantino’s currently working on his Manson Family project, set to premiere Aug. 9, 2019.