Quentin Tarantino has long talked about making a Star Trek movie. Stories about this possibility have been circulating since 2017. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has developed a story idea for the film. Mark L. Smith, who famously wrote The Revenant, wrote a script for him that Paramount reportedly loves. Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie could well end up being the next Trek film produced.
Here’s what we know about where Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie is now…
The Plot of Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Movie
Deadline reports that Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie idea is based on the classic Star Trek: The Original Series episode “A Piece of the Action”. It’s the seventeenth episode of season 2 in the original series run. It first aired January 12, 1968.
In “A Piece of the Action” the Enterprise encounters a planet that has patterned its entire culture after 1920s gangsters. It’s played largely for comedy and all the aliens on the planet appear human (though technically they are not).
The episode features Captain Kirk attempting to learn to drive a stick (much to Spock’s chagrin) and everyone carrying tommy guns and wearing pin-striped suits.
“A Piece of the Action” ends on something of an ominous note. As the Enterprise warps away Doctor McCoy suddenly realizes he accidentally left his communicator behind.
Here’s that final scene…
Knowing Tarantino I would suspect that his movie might start where this movie ends, by jumping into the future and exploring what happens when Captain Kirk’s prediction comes true: The Iotians suddenly appear and start demanding a piece of the Federation’s “action”.
It could be brilliant or it could be utterly terrible. But gangsters in outer space as the villains seems right up Quentin Tarantino’s alley.
Will Quentin Tarantino Direct?
Recently Tarantino has started moving away from Star Trek. When asked by Cinema Blend if Trek was still in his future Tarantino had this to say…
“I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet.”– -Quentin Tarantino on directing Star Trek
More recently Tarantino got a little more adamant about the idea that he won’t direct the Star Trek movie Paramount had written for him. He says…
“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it. It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”– -Tarantino on directing Star Trek 4
It sounds like Tarantino is out but other sources seem to indicate he’s still at least considering it. When asked about Tarantino’s movie, Simon Pegg who plays Scotty, had this to say:
“As far as I know, Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek idea is still kind of in the mix. That’s down to [him] about what he wants to do next, you know. There’s been talk of various spinoffs possibly. We’ll see. I’m always happy to get back into that universe. I think it’ll be bittersweet for us now to do another one after losing Anton [Yelchin], just because we were very much a family. And we’ll miss him more than we normally do, because he will be conspicuous by his absence. But we’ll see what happens.”– -Simon Pegg on Tarantino directing Star Trek
We’ll have to wait and see, but we know Star Trek 4 won’t be that Tarantino movie and will be something else entirely. And it sounds like even if Tarantino’s Star Trek movie idea gets made, he won’t be involved in making it. He’s merely the source of the idea for the movie.
Will Tarantino’s Star Trek Movie Be Rated-R?
Both Tarantino and the studio have confirmed his Star Trek movie will be rated R if it happens. Though in the past the franchise has stayed staunchly PG-13, it has been moving in that direction for awhile. Recently profanity has become the norm on the newest Trek television shows. Even the movies featured a few grisly scenes (like the one above).
The Other Possible Star Trek Movies
Right now Paramount Pictures is developing three different ideas as the possible next Star Trek movie. Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie is one of them. Find out about the other two by clicking over here.
Which Star Trek 4 Do You Want?
Three possible movies. Only one will be Star Trek 4. Cast your vote for the one you want below…