Tarantino to Direct Star Trek Movie

Quentin Tarantino will write and direct a new R-rated Star Trek movie to be produced by J.J. Abrams.

Now for something entirely unexpected, Quentin Tarantino is going to write and direct a Star Trek movie.  Check the date, it is not April 1st.  According to Deadline, Tarantino (best known for critically acclaimed R-rated fare like Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds, and Django Unchained) came up with an idea and pitched it to producer J.J. Abrams.  Paramount loved the idea and even gave him the greenlight to make the film R-rated like each of his previous movies.  The next step is that Tarantino sat down with a writers room that included Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, The Hole), Lindsey Beer (the upcoming Chaos Walking and Godzilla Vs. Kong) and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation).  They kicked around ideas and one of the scribes will be chosen to co-write the movie along with Tarantino (the first time he wasn’t the sole screenwriter on his film since Pulp Fiction).

What does this mean and how did this happen?  For the last 20+ years Hollywood has seemingly played it safe with their blockbusters, keeping them in the family-friendly PG-13 zone.  However, in the past couple of years R-rated movies such as Mad Max: Fury Road, Logan, Deadpool, and Blade Runner 2049 have bucked the trend, most winding up with big box office returns as well.  It looks like we might be entering into another phase of R-rated blockbusters like in the 80’s and 90’s when movies like Terminator 2, Rambo, Alien, Matrix, True Lies, etc. were major draws.

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I’ll be honest, I never pictured Tarantino writing/directing a Star Trek movie or any existing franchise for that matter.  When Disney bought Lucasfilm and the internet was speculating who could direct a future Star Wars movie, Tarantino himself scoffed at the idea of a Tarantino directed Star Wars movie.  I know Star Trek and Star Wars are two different animals, but I still never anticipated he would take on a franchise where presumably the studio would have a say on the final cut of the film.  He’s arguably one of the most well-respected filmmakers of his generation so I’m excited to see what he comes up with.

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Will this movie incorporate the current cast?  What does this mean for the previously announced Star Trek 4 that reportedly was going to bring back Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father?  Does this mean we’ll get a foul-mouthed captain on the bridge and graphic violence in a long-standing franchise that never consisted of those things?  Only time will tell.

What do you think about the prospect of a Quentin Tarantino directed Star Trek movie?  What do you think the movie could be about?  Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.  There’s no target release date for the movie yet, but I will keep you posted as soon as any new information leaks.

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