The last we read, months ago it seems, Quentin Tarantino had moved on from the concept of an R-rated Star Trek film.
Yeah, it’s a bummer, because Star Trek needs something other than a J.J Abrams shot in the cinematic arm. Maybe they turn to Jason Blum’s team and do something lower budget and horror driven for a Star Trek movie? (sort of kidding)
It would have been a creative departure from the Star Trek we know, and reportedly might have been based on the Season 3 TOS episode “A Piece Of The Action” where an alien planet models the gangster era of the roaring 20s. Only bloodier, and more Tarantino and Rodriguez-like.
“You know, I haven’t [read a script],” Pine says. “I really, in terms of the Star Trek of it all, I wish I knew anything. I’m quite literally one of the last people ever to find out. So, I haven’t read that script, I don’t know where it is in development, I haven’t read the Noah Hawley script, I have no idea what’s happening in Star Trek land. But I love the character, I love the universe, I love my friends in it, you know, to have a Quentin take on it would be tremendously interesting and entertaining. You know, look, whatever happens, if I come back or not, it’s a great universe, it deserves to have a future, and I hope that is the case.”Chris Pine Hopeful For Star Trek Return With Quentin Tarantino
I, too, would have been curious to see it, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen, Mr. Pine. Tarantino has left an out to his goal of only directing 10 films, saying if he did Star Trek it might not count as one of his 10 films.
Pretty business savvy of him to limit the number of films he plans to make. That will draw more interest into his 10th film, whatever it is, because it could be his last. Something like music artists are doing with their farewell tours, often bogus, because several come back and do more tours and reunions later (cough, Motley Crue, ahem).
Paramount will be interested in doing more Trek for their new CBS All Access dubbed Paramount+ — despite most of it likely being a pale imitation of past Trek adventures — because streaming is where the production dollars are going these days, but not sure when we’ll see another Star Trek film (see: Paramount No Longer Making Star Trek Movies, Citing Not Enough Interest). Eventually we will see one, but no films are booked, as of this writing, anyway.
Chris Pine will just have to keep waiting to take the captain’s chair again. He made a good Shatner doppelganger, so stands to reason he’ll be invited to revisit the Kirk role again someday, if they make the film and he still looks the part.