Well, I bet you didn’t see this coming.
Quentin Tarantino is one of the most beloved and perhaps the most celebrated director in Hollywood, delivering legendary films like Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Django Unchained. Now, it seems like the director is ready to jump into a major sci-of franchise, but not the one you might expect.
According to Deadline, Tarantino recently pitched an idea for a new Star Trek movie to JJ Abrams and the project is reportedly moving forward. Paramount is putting together a writer’s room to flesh out the idea, which JJ Abrams would produce. If given the green light and put into production, it sounds like Tarantino could even step into the directors chair.
Tarantino has previously discussed his ideas for a Star Trek movie. Talking to the Nerdist podcast, Tarantino shared how he would approach a film in the Star Trek Universe. Of course, we don’t know if this is what the director pitched, but it’s still an exciting read:
“I would be more inclined to do a Star Trek kind of thing rather than Star Wars,” Tarantino said. “I haven’t considered considered it, like I’m going to do it, but I did web spin a little bit about the idea.”
“They might have trapped themselves a little bit by the simple fact they have to use all the crew now,” Tarantino said of Paramount’s rebooted Star Trek movies. “In all the films they’ve established it so much, that you need Uhura, you need a Scotty, you need Bones, you need all that stuff going on all the time — everybody has to be represented in some big story where they all have to deal. Where I actually think it could be cool — ’cause some of those episodes are fantastic, and the only thing that limited them was their sixties budget and eight days shooting schedule, and even having said that they did a magnificent job — but you could take some of the great, classic Star Trek episodes and just easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some really amazing, amazing stuff.”
“The obvious one would be The City on the Edge of Forever,” Tarantino said, referencing the 28th episode of Star Trek. “That’s what everyone would go to, but there’s a reason why everyone would go to that! It’s one of the classic stories of all time. And one of the great time travel stories.”
“I think one of the best episodes of Star Trek ever written was for Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Tarantino said, naming the episode titled Yesterday’s Enterprise. “I actually think that is not only one of the great space stories, but the way it dealt with the mythology of the whole thing — that actually could bare a two hour treatment.”
“Because the whole thing with that episode that was so cool, they save the ship, but little do they know by saving the ship it’s actually in a different time period — but they don’t know that,” Tarantino said. “But what ends up happening is — because they screwed up with the timeline, everything changes. The characters don’t know it, but we know it. And the thing about it is, it turns out that the Klingons and the humans on earth have been having this hundred year war that’s been going on, and it’s just the bloodiest war imaginable in the history of any universe.”
Since Tarantino’s Star Trek project is in the earliest possible stage, there’s no word on where or when this film will take place. I wouldn’t bet on Tarantino’s idea continuing the ongoing franchise but admittedly, it would be a shame if this Star Trek movie forced a total reboot of the franchise. Only time will tell.
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