No, it isn’t April Fools’ Day. Deadline is reporting that Quentin Tarantino – yes, that Quentin Tarantino – might direct a Star Trek movie.
Apparently Tarantino recently pitched an idea for a Trek movie to producer J.J. Abrams, who loved it, and they will soon begin to assembling a writer’s room to flesh it out. If everything falls into place, Tarantino could be interested in directing with Abrams producing.
This isn’t something that will be happening soon, though. Next up for the iconic director is his still-untitled 1969-set movie, which Sony Pictures just picked up. That already has a US release date of 9 August 2019, so there’s no doubt that’s next for him. That leaves almost two years of time for a script to get written that could woo Tarantino into doing several things he’s never done before.
He’s never directed a feature he didn’t write. He’s never done a sci-fi film. He’s never done a major franchise film. If he does make this movie, it could potentially be his 10th movie, and he’s famously said he would retire after 10 movies. Would he really go out with a Star Trek movie? And there are probably 15 other things that make this news that surprising.
Deadline was unable to get comment from Paramount or Tarantino’s camp, and that’s to be expected. Something this huge, this early, isn’t regularly publicised. Plus, there’s also no word on how, if at all, this would change the proposed fourth Trek movie which was reportedly going to bring back Chris Hemsworth as George Kirk.
But holy crap. Holy crap. Quentin Tarantino might direct a Star Trek movie. And even if he doesn’t actually direct the movie, we still may actually see a Star Trek movie from the mind of Quentin Tarantino.