There are movie directors, and then there's Quentin Tarantino. The acclaimed writer/director is one of the biggest personalities in Hollywood, and all star talent is always lining up to work with him-- especially since Tarantino has stated he's only got about two more movies left in him before retirement. Tarantino has also recently expressed interest in directing a new type of Star Trek film, but could it really happen?
TMZ recently caught up with Quentin Tarantino at the airport (of course), and asked him whether he'd genuinely like to direct a Star Trek film, to which he responded:
Do you hear that? It's the sound of Trekkies everywhere cheering. It looks like Quentin Tarantino is actually down to possibly direct a Star Trek movie. But considering he's planning on making just one more pair of films, the franchise better make it happen soon.
Quentin Tarantino's interest in a Star Trek film became public about a week ago, when the prolific director revealed that he's a bit of a Trekkie. Rather than building upon the franchise starring Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine, Tarantino would take a different approach to directing. Instead, he's chose and episode or two of the original series, and craft a film surrounding one standalone adventure.
This idea for a new type of Star Trek movie is certainly intriguing, and would allow Quentin Tarantino to avoid having to direct the last franchise's large ensemble of actors. He believes that J.J. Abrams' universes included too many of the iconic characters, which weighed down the following two sequels. There are a ton of actors to share the film's screen time, which actor Karl Urban revealed was somewhat frustrating at points. Urban's McCoy didn't have a ton to do in Stark Trek Into Darkness, leading him to nearly pass on the third film, Star Trek Beyond. Luckily, he had a more meaty role in the threequel, and decided to stick around.
While the prospect of a Quentin Tarantino helmed Star Trek movie is certainly exciting, there is a downside to the idea. Tarantino has maintained that he'll only direct two more movies before his retirement, which would round up his number of directing projects to ten. But if he helms a Star Trek movie, then Tarantino will only be able to write and direct one more film before he finishes forever. Tarantino has always been praised for his originality and gritty material, and wasting one of the ten movies on a popular franchise might be a bit of a letdown for his fans.
It's currently unclear which movie will be Quentin Tarantino's next directing project, but we'll be sure to update you as details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list to plan your next trip to the movies