Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has long made it clear he plans to ‘retire’ from filmmaking after his tenth film. At the same time, he came up with a story for a new “Star Trek” film which he pitched to J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot, with plans to possibly direct if it were to happen.
This has led to some elitism and confusion from cinephiles – why would a celebrated auteur who has only directed eight originals and one literary adaptation throughout his career thus far end his filmmaking run with a major studio franchise film?
Tarantino writing or producing a “Star Trek” film seems perfectly plausible, directing however seems a stretch. Ahead of the release of his ninth directorial effort “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” later this month, the filmmaker offered thoughts to Cinema Blend on his ten-film plan, how there could be a ‘loophole’ in said plan, how his “Star Trek” film might fit into it, and the reason he’s considering a ‘Trek’ film for his final outing as it allows him to explore an alternate career path:
“I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.
There also is another thought process going on where it’s like, yes, [my last movie] could be original. On the other hand, maybe that could show a different career I could’ve had. Whereas maybe [‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’] is my last original – I’m not saying this is the case – but maybe this is my last original, and ‘Star Trek’ or any other thing, a book or something like this, is the career I could have had if I wasn’t just writing everything all the time. Writing always originals.
Maybe I could have had a different career if I looked for other people’s scripts, or if I wanted to find a book to be inspired by, and do an adaptation of. That would’ve been a different career. And maybe that could be fun to explore on the 10th [movie]. I don’t know. I mean, I’m making all this up as I go along, but those are two different ways I could look at it.”
No timetable is yet in place for Tarantino’s take on the “Star Trek” universe. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” opens everywhere on July 26th.