Following his public backing away from it last month, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has now effectively cemented the fact he won’t be directing a new “Star Trek” film after all – but that doesn’t mean he won’t be involved.
The “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” helmer first pitched an original idea for a new R-rated ‘Trek’ in December 2017 to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began officially developing that idea into a potential movie that Tarantino might direct.
Mark L. Smith (“The Revenant”) was hired to write a screenplay based on Tarantino’s story and Tarantino said he’d go back to working on ‘Trek’ once ‘Hollywood’ was complete. That didn’t happen.
A few weeks ago Tarantino said “I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet”. It’s not clear if he’s had the conversation in the interim, but the other day he told Deadline he’s not going to helm:
“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 never revealed what his idea was, and the helmer remains set in his plans to retire after his tenth film – i.e. his next movie. Paramount meanwhile isn’t clear on its plans for the ‘Trek’ franchise on the big screen beyond “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley being slated to pen and helm a standalone entry.
Tarantino is taking the next year and a half to write a book and a play, along with directing five episodes of the “Bounty Law” TV series seen within “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – episodes that he wrote as research for the film.