Could award-winning director Quentin Tarantino be working on a Star Trek movie? That’s the rumor coming out of Hollywood, according to Deadline. Anonymous sources say Tarantino and Star Trek director JJ Abrams have been chatting about the idea and it might actually be going somewhere.
“The plan is to assemble a writers’ room of scribes who’ll hear Tarantino’s take and begin to put together a movie,” Deadline writes. “If it all works out, Tarantino might direct it, with Abrams producing.”
As Deadline notes, this would be a pretty substantial break for the director. The only times he’s worked with other peoples’ properties in the past is one-shot episodes of CSI and ER. He’s otherwise stuck to original material. Tarantino also has a pretty full plate, as he’s working on a movie for Sony Pictures apparently set around (but not actually concerning) the Manson murders in 1969.
Even so, this would be a nice feather in Paramount and Star Trek‘s respective caps, and could attract new audiences to the franchise by mixing things up as substantially as we’d expect a Tarantino joint to do, if Paramount will give him the amount of creative freedom he’ll likely demand.
This is all in very early stages, but it’s a fun idea to think about. A movie that uses the Star Trek setting but delves into other genres could be a blast to watch and a nice shot in the arm for the long-running franchise.