Will Quentin Tarantino director Star Trek 4? That's the big question on all Trekkies minds. With the last three "rebooted" Star Trek films doing phenomenally at the box office, and the series Star Trek: Discovery going strong with great reviews, it's safe to say that Star Trek is back to stay. Since the release of Star Trek: Beyond in 2016, fans have been wondering when (and if) we will see the fourth installment in the rebooted series. While it has been confirmed that a sequel to Beyond is in the works, we really don't know much about it.
Buzz started to surround the sequel in December 2017 when rumors surfaces about Quentin Tarantino supposedly pitching a script for the movie and offering to direct. The catch was that the movie would need to be rated R. According to reports around that time, Paramount started working fast to get the project moving forward with Tarantino's script.
However, since these reports surfaced, we have not heard much else on whether or not the Pulp Fiction director will actually have any involvement with the fourth installment of the series. Everything having to do with this movie has been clouded in mystery to the outside world, leaving those of us curious to know more completely out of the loop.
Simon Pegg, who played Scotty in the last three movies and was the writer for Star Trek: Beyond, recently came forward to give the rest of the world some input on what was going on. Pegg spoke to this idea quite frankly.
"I don't think Quentin is going to direct it. Because he's got his California movie ['Once Upon A Time In Hollywood'] to do and then I think only doing one more film after that. And I doubt, I don't think he could get around to directing a Star Trek in two-three years."
According to reports surrounding the project, Tarantino's version of the movie are one of three scripts that Paramount is currently looking at. While we don't know exactly what Tarantino's idea may be for the film, Pegg actually knew a bit about it and decided to share his input in order to put worried minds to ease. Pegg said this.
"I have a vague memory of him talking about it years and years ago back in the day. I'm sure he mentioned that. I'm sure it's an idea he's held on to for some time."
Pegg then went on to clarify that Tarantino's version of Star Trek wasn't going to be pure violence and profanity, as many of his films tend to be. "He's a big fan and I think he would approach it with the respect." While some people may be shocked to learn that Tarantino is big fan of Star Trek, the director really hasn't kept it quiet. In fact, his movie Kill Bill actually opened with text saying, "Revenge is a dish best served cold." This, as the movie clarifies, is an old Klingon proverb from the Star Trek universe.
Unfortunately, based on what Pegg told The Playlist, it does not look like we will ever see a Quentin Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie. As big of a fan as he is, it just doesn't look like he and Paramount will ever get the timing right. In addition, the fact that he will only direct it if it is rated R would be a huge issue for Paramount. While an R-rated Star Trek would certainly be really cool, it wouldn't sell as many tickets, which would be a red flag for any studio.