Quentin Tarantino Making a New 'Star Trek' Film With J.J. Abrams

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 10:16AM
Star Trek
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 - 10:16AM
Quentin Tarantino Making a New 'Star Trek' Film With J.J. Abrams
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If you were unhappy with the direction the Star Trek movie franchise has taken, good news: Quentin Tarantino will direct the next film, which will possibly be his last. 

What comes to mind when you think about Star Trek? 

Space adventure. Galactic politics. Strange alien races. Fights with men in rubber lizard suits.

What comes to mind when you think of Quentin Tarantino?

Pop culture references. Weird narrative loop-the-loops. People getting shot a thousand times in the face.

There's a bit of disconnect between the two, to say the very least.

Star Trek has been rebooted into a sleek, modern new action-adventure franchise and gone ahead and trashed the old canon, leaving some lip-service as the only connection to the older series, but the news from the Hollywood Reporter is still baffling: Quentin Tarantino has pitched a new Star Trek movie to Paramount and will pair with J.J. Abrams to assemble a writing room to put together the movie.

Tarantino is nothing if not a gigantic nerd (if the anime crossover scene in Kill Bill didn't tip you off already), but his nerdiness has remained primarily in the domain of film. Though he's said in the past he'd rather direct a Star Trek movie than a Star Wars film, it's hard to imagine his distinct creative style meshing with either Abrams' rebooted version of the series or the hardcore fans who remember a time when whales decided the fate of humanity. Still, Tarantino has praised the original 1960s series for its imagination, saying some of its episodes (like "Yesterday's Enterprise") could have been explored and expanded more deeply.

The Star Trek franchise as a whole is caught between being a series of straightforward summer blockbusters that draw on the emotional well of the past and something more. Some of Star Trek's best episodes are not the ones where explosions and space battles take center stage—"The Inner Light," "The City on the Edge of Forever," and "Yesterday's Enterprise" are more philosophical and reflective, evoking heavy emotion rather than popcorn-face-stuffing excitement.

It's unknown what Tarantino has pitched to Paramount, but we have a slim, crazy hope that he will decide to go for something more experimental and strange than previous films, rather than having Kirk shoot Klingons with a Magnum he picked up from a time rift.

If you want to hear Tarantino talk a bit more about Star Trek, check out the Nerdist podcast episode from 2015.
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