Quentin Tarantino is reportedly working on 'Star Trek' with J.J. Abrams; here's what he may have in mind
Quentin Tarantino's ninth original film is set to release in August 2019 but apparently he's got some extra bandwidth.
According to Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr, Quentin Tarantino is in the very early stages of plotting out the next Star Trek film alongside JJ Abrams.
Already busy prepping to direct the film he just set up at Sony Pictures, Quentin Tarantino is also planning to boldly go where he has not gone before. Sources said that Tarantino has come up with a great idea for a Star Trek movie at Paramount. After sharing his idea with JJ Abrams (who himself is busy prepping Star Wars Episode IX), I’ve heard the plan is to assemble a writers room of scribes who’ll hear Tarantino’s take and begin to put together a movie. If it all works out, Tarantino might direct it, with Abrams producing.
Tarantino has always been a Star Trek guy, but it's almost unimaginable to think about him hitching his wagon to an established canon like this. A Kirk man through and through, Tarantino leans much more to the original series than more recent iterations.
He's also spoken openly about how he enjoyed Abrams's first foray into the material with 2009's Star Trek but had some major problems with its 2013 follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness.
The director may have also given us some insight into the sort of story he might be attracted to. Speaking with the Nerdist podcast in 2015, Tarantino talked about his love for a few classic episodes in particular. In this case The City on the Edge of Forever from the original series and Yesterday's Enterprise from The Next Generation series. Both episodes rely heavily on elements of time travel and affecting timelines. Just something to think about.