The big whopper that hit late last night was some word that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams were partnering up for a Star Trek movie. No, April Fools Day didn't sneak up on you. This is a legit story, posted by Deadline's highly accurate scoop-hound Michael Fleming.
It appears that big Original Series fan Quentin Tarantino had a great idea for a new Star Trek movie that he told to JJ Abrams, who loved it so much he's actively working to set it up at Paramount. Fleming said the idea is to assemble a writers room, let them kick around Tarantino's idea for a bit while he's off filming his maybe Manson Family Murders-related LA period film and when he comes back he'll take a look at their script and decide if he wants to actually direct it.
I know, the concept of Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie is mind-blisteringly bonkers that it kind of has to happen now or else that void will never be filled by anything else and we'll all be walking around incomplete for the rest of our lives. But don't get too excited.
I don't mean to be the doomsayer here, but the chance of Tarantino directing a giant franchise picture that he didn't write from beginning to end himself is... improbable. He famously directed a 2-parter CSI episode that he pitched and had the writing team come up with the final teleplay, but doing episodic TV and a feature film is quite different in terms of personal time commitment and, honestly, prestige.
If he's sticking with his 10 and out feature promise that would mean Kelvin Timeline Star Trek 4 is Tarantino's last go-round as a director.
I'm betting there are three outcomes more likely than Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie.
Outcome 1: Tarantino takes a Story By credit and lets someone else run with directing the next Trek movie.
Outcome 2: This is developed for a while and ends up dropped, becoming simply an interesting deep dive bit of movie trivia.
Outcome 3 (the one I'm actually pulling for): Tarantino is sparked by this idea and it percolates in his brainpan to such a degree that he can't shake it and it ends up inspiring him do his own, original take on a sci-fi story.
You'd think I'm crazy to suggest that, but it's happened before. There was time in 2005 where New Line approached him after hearing he was a Friday the 13th fan and rumors began spreading he was going to do "the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie." He shot the rumors down within a week. The meeting did happen, but, at the time, he was trying to get his WW2 movie, Inglourious Basterds, written out and had no intention of making Friday the 13th.
But that wasn't his next film up, was it? He didn't make Basterds until 2009. The film he made before it? The Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, which he said was his take on the Slasher Genre.
Stuntman Mike was the Slasher, but instead of wielding a machete or hatchet he killed with his car. Many slasher tropes are winked at... the slow stalk, the brutal gore and a quadruple down on the final girl trope.
That Friday the 13th meeting and subsequent rumors for sure got the juices flowing and gave us admittedly his weakest film to date, but still something I'm quite fond of: a uniquely Tarantino take on a slasher movie with liberal dashes of '70s car fetish road pictures.
Fleming got no comment from either Paramount or Tarantino's camp, so the other unspoken option here is that this rumor is pure horseshit, but Fleming has a great track record and this is a big story. I doubt he'd go to print unless he was sure it was accurate.
I wouldn't hold my breath for this ultimately coming to anything, but we do know Tarantino is a fan of Trek and has some ideas. Hell, he talked on the Nerdist Podcast about his likes and dislikes about the world of Trek, being pretty open about what he feels works and doesn't work about JJ's movies and even about some of his ideas on what he'd do if he were making one. Listen:
There's no telling if his off-the-cuff ideas spit-balled here are what he took to JJ or if, much like my Friday the 13th/Death Proof theory, this chat got the creative juices running and inspired something we don't know yet.
Again, it'd be pretty rad to see a Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie. I just think it'd be even more badass to see a fully original Tarantino sci-fi movie INSPIRED by what he loved about William Shatner's Kirk and Wrath of Khan and the bits and pieces of Trek that absorbed growing up.
We'll see what the reality is eventually, but I got $20 says he ain't directing a Star Trek movie.