Exclusive: Quentin Tarantino In Talks For Star Trek TV Series

A trusted and proven inside source for Giant Freakin Robot has shared that Quentin Tarantino is talking to Paramount about a Star Trek TV show.

By Faith McKay | Published

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There are so many conversations that happen around Quentin Tarantino, which seems to be just how the filmmaker likes it. It’s been a while since he first announced that he will make one final film before he calls it a day and completes his filmography. Fans wait with bated breath to hear just what that will be. Meanwhile, he seems to be putting the whole thing off, starting one project after another. He recently published a novelization of his latest film, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood. He wants to start a podcast where he tells his fans what movies and music they should be listening to. Will he start another project before finally making that final movie? That seems likely, and we’re hearing more about what could be in store. A trusted and proven inside source for Giant Freakin Robot has shared that Quentin Tarantino is talking to Paramount about a Star Trek TV show.

Our source shared some interesting details about what’s happening in these talks. They shared that Quentin Tarantino told the studio he isn’t interested in directing a Star Trek movie anymore. That matches up with what he began saying in interviews in 2020. He wrote a script and had an idea he was passionate about, but it wasn’t something he sees himself directing. Now, though, he’s discussing new possibilities. Our source learned that Quentin Tarantino is interested in getting involved in a Star Trek TV series. They sound like they’re exploring ideas for what that could look like. Our source shared that Quentin Tarantino is open to directing for a series for Paramount+.

Currently, this is a conversation on the table. Giant Freakin Robot’s source did not share what series is being discussed. Could Quentin Tarantino create his own Star Trek series? They seem to be creating new ones regularly these days. Could he be joining an existing show? It seems very likely that the conversations have to heavily involve discussing how to bring Quentin Tarantino’s style to the Star Trek universe.

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This is something that Rod Roddenberry has discussed. As the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and the current CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment, his opinion on the matter carries a lot of weight. He spoke up about his views on a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project a few months ago. He was open to discussing the possibility but the blending of the universe’s vision with Tarantino’s penchant for swearing and violence gave him pause.

I mentioned that I grew up with fans coming up to me out saying how Star Trek inspired them and gave them hope for the future. It’s the optimism and the messaging in there that make Star Trek what it was. I truly believe that. If you create a Star Trek, that is just action; that is not Star Trek, in my opinion. That’s what makes it different than Star Wars, and I love Star Wars, but they can both coexist. And I love Tarantino’s work and the kind of films that he does. I am trying to have an open mind.

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Rod Roddenberry discussed this after learning of Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie script, which he wrote with Mark L. Smith, the writer of The Revenant. Smith has shared that they co-wrote a bloody, 1930s-inspired gangster Star Trek movie, very much with Chris Pine in mind as Captain Kirk. That script is a thing that exists, and there are a lot of people that would love to get their hands on it. Naturally, it’s R-rated.

This speaks to the idea that Quentin Tarantino wanted to bring his own vision to the Star Trek universe. How will that work for him with a series on Paramount+? While our source didn’t share as much, it seems fair to speculate that this question may be at the center of the current conversation with the studio. If they do manage to work something out, it will be something a lot of fans will want to see.