Could Quentin Tarantino's R-Rated Star Trek Feature The Current Cast?

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There's been a lot of talk about Quentin Tarantino's possible Star Trek film. A few details have surfaced about the project, such as rumors that it would be R-rated and that Tarantino might direct. Perhaps the biggest question is how all of this fits in with the current Star Trek franchise and its cast. Is Tarantino pitching an all-new movie or can it work with the current cast that includes Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, and Zachary Quinto? All of it sounds like it's still in the planning stages at the moment, as Quinto recently stated that the idea is still being shaped, but it's possible. Quinto said:

You know, until deals are done and contracts are signed and schedules are cleared, nothing is set in stone, so anything can happen. My understanding is Quentin had this idea and they were shaping it and forming it and he is off to do his Manson movie. And it would be after that, that we would go maybe do one with him. Which is pretty exciting [and] pretty cool.

Star Trek and movie fans were thrown for a loop with the surprising news that Quentin Tarantino was interested in being a part of a Star Trek movie. Apparently, the writer-director had an idea that he was excited about and pitched it to J.J. Abrams, who produces the new wave of Star Trek movies. The idea was then brought to a writer's room to be workshopped, with Tarantino possibly directing once the script was complete. All of that is pretty exciting, a feeling that Zachary Quinto seems to share.

Quinto, who has portrayed Spock in the last three Star Trek movies, was asked about his involvement with Tarantino's Star Trek movie on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. Obviously, nothing is set in stone until the ink is dry on the contract, so Quinto wasn't able to speak with any certainty that he would be in Tarantino's Star Trek. However, he did give a nice progress report on how everything is coming along. According to Quinto, Tarantino's idea is still in the early stages of being turned into a script, and in the meantime, he will be filming his 1960s ensemble movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which features Charles Manson and a deep exploration of 1960s Los Angeles. After that, the next movie on Tarantino's schedule could be Star Trek with the current cast.

Again, it's unknown how all of this will eventually turn out, but it is worth noting that before Tarantino got involved, J.J. Abrams was working on a different idea for a fourth Star Trek. The concept reportedly involved Chris Hemsworth returning as James Kirk's dad in a time travel story. It seems likely that this idea isn't a part of what Tarantino has in mind, so it's possible that the time-travel plot could get scrapped or postponed for a later movie.

There's bound to be a lot more updates about Quentin Tarantino and Star Trek, so be sure to stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated on all the latest information.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.