Quentin Tarantino has offered an update on the status of his possible Star Trek movie, which now has a script. Or at least a first draft of one. If things continue going down this road, the filmmaker may very well end up directing an entry within the iconic sci-fi franchise and, rest assured, he's going to make sure it's R-rated. As wild as this all still sounds, it's very much in the works as we speak.
The writer/director has been making the rounds as of late to promote his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which hits theaters next month. During a recent interview, Quentin Tarantino was asked about the status of his possible Star Trek movie. While he still won't dish on any possible story details, he does confirm that there is a script that he needs to take a look at and give his notes on. Here's what he had to say about it.
"There's a script that exists for it now, I need to weigh in on it, but haven't been able to do that yet."
As far as we know, that script was written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). Originally, Quentin Tarantino pitched his idea to J.J. Abrams, who is the architect behind Paramount Pictures' most recent run of Trek movies, which kicked off in 2009. The idea was then taken to the studio, who began developing it. Tarantino selected Smith from a group of writers to pen the screenplay. Since then, Tarantino has been busy filming, editing, and now promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. So he hasn't had time to take a look at what Smith cooked up. Once he does give his notes, and assuming that goes well, if he does direct it, Tarantino did reaffirm that it will be R-rated.
"Oh yeah! It's an R-rated movie. If I do it, it'll be R-rated."
For now, this is probably the best shot Paramount has at getting a new entry in the franchise off the ground. Star Trek 4 has run into some issues, as both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth decided not to sign on, for various reasons. It's unclear at the present time if the studio would try and persuade the current cast to star in this movie, or if they would just recast.
For years, the man behind Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill has promised that he will stop making movies after his tenth. With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood serving as his ninth, assuming he stays good to his word, that means he's got one left in the director's chair. To that point, we recently learned he's developing a Django/Zorro crossover movie as well. It seems unlikely he would hand over one of his characters to another director, so who knows how this is all going to play out. We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by Empire Magazine.