Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is hitting theaters next weekend. It serves as Quentin Tarantino's 9th film as a director, and it could be his last original work. When his promotional tour is over, he is turning his attentions to Star Trek with an original idea that he conceived and turned into JJ. Abrams. He still doesn't know if he will direct it, but if he does, it will be his final movie as a director. It will also be rated R. Contrary to belief, he is also referring to it as Pulp Fiction in space.
Quentin Tarantino is a little upset with Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the new movie franchise version of Star Trek. About being Pulp Fiction in space, or what some are calling The Wild Bunch in space, the filmmaker says this.
"I don't know if I'll do it or not. I've got to figure it out, but [Mark L. Smith] wrote a really cool script. I like it a lot. There's some things I need to work on but I really, really liked it. I get annoyed at Simon Pegg. He doesn't know anything about what's going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff. One of the comments he said, he's like "Well, look, it's not going to be Pulp Fiction in space." Yes, it is! [laughs hard]. If I do it, that's exactly what it'll be. It'll be Pulp Fiction in space. That Pulp Fiction-y aspect, when I read the script, I felt, I have never read a science fiction movie that has this sh*t in it, ever. There's no science fiction movie that has this in it. And they said, I know, that's why we want to make it. It's, at the very least, unique in that regard."
It isn't known if Simon Pegg will return to play Scotty in this iteration of the Sci-Fi drama, but the movie could harken back to one of the series greatest original episodes. In Season 2, Episode 7, titled "A Piece of the Action", Spock and Kirk get to become gangsters when they discover a remote world that looks like 1920's Chicago. Tarantino says this about bringing some of those elements back, which also ties into his history with Pulp Fiction.
"...There is a gangster element to what we're doing with the Star Trek thing that works out pretty good."
The movie is definitely being written as an R-Rated adult version of the franchise. But that might not mean what many immediately perceive it too mean. About making an R-Rated Star Trek movie, Tarantino says this.
"I just don't think it's that big of a deal but if I'm going to do it, then I'm going to do it my way. If you've seen my nine movies, you kind of know my way is an R-rated way and a way that is without certain restrictions. So that goes part and parcel. I think it would be more controversial if I said I'm going to do a PG movie and it's going to fit exactly in the universe. It's not me. What the f*ck am I doing? I mean I didn't even do that when I did that CSI episode.
The thing is, when I talked to JJ about it, it's not that radical. We're just not worrying about stuff like that. JJ said, "Quentin, I love this idea because I think with Star Trek we can go any way we want to." Look, I've got a situation. As long as Paramount likes the idea and the script they almost got nothing to lose right now when it comes to Star Trek. Deadpool showed that you can rethink these things, do them in a different way. So really, even before JJ knew what the idea was, his feeling was, if it wants to be an R rating, fine. If it wants to be the Wild Bunch in space, fine.
In terms of using any of the original cast in his Star Trek, it almost sounds like Tarantino may be leaning towards bringing William Shatner back as Captain Kirk.
"I'm a big fan of the show Star Trek. I really like it a lot, but my portal into that show is William Shatner. I love William Shatner on Star Trek. I love his performance as James T. Kirk. That is my connection. That is my umbilical cord. It's why I like Star Trek more than Star Wars, because William Shatner's not in Star Wars. I think it's one of the greatest performances in the history of episodic television, of a series lead, and rightly so, because very few series leads have ever gotten the opportunity to play all the different wild, crazy things. "The Enemy Within" alone..."
Even if William Shatner doesn't come back, it sounds like Tarantino is keen on using Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto's versions of Kirk and Spock. He goes onto say this.
"So that's why I actually really was so taken with JJ Abrams' first reboot and how fantastic I thought Chris Pine channeled William Shatner. He didn't go a serious actor-y way. He said, well no, I'm going to do my own thing. He's playing the William Shatner version of Kirk and he's doing a fantastic job at it. I mean perfect, frankly. And [Zachary] Quinto is perfect as Spock. Those two guys, they f*cking got it."
It's too early yet to say if Tarantino will bring back the original existing Star Trek cast members, or if he will utilize the current movie timeline to tell his story. We'll have to wait until Once Upon a Time has come and gone. These quotes first appeared at Deadine.