Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Movie Gains 'The Revenant' Scriptwriter

Friday, 22 December 2017 - 7:53PM
Star Trek
Friday, 22 December 2017 - 7:53PM
Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Movie Gains 'The Revenant' Scriptwriter
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This is a little unexpected, but it seems that Quentin Tarantino's crack at the Star Trek universe might actually be going somewhere, with the filmmaker now bringing aboard a screenwriter to pen an R-rated script for him.

While it wouldn't be kind to doubt Tarantino's resolve on the matter, it's hard to ignore the fact that he's a very busy director, and that his production partner in the endeavor, J.J. Abrams, has a long list of projects that he's meant to be overseeing that haven't been publicly mentioned in years.

This is to say nothing of the fact that the most recent attempt at a Star Trek movie seems to have ended up stuck eternally in development hell, with even the actors involved stating that they have no idea whether it'll ever actually happen.

As if to prove that, no, Tarantino is genuinely serious about making a Star Trek movie, it's been announced that Mark L. Smith will be writing the film's screenplay, according to Deadline. Smith doesn't have an awful lot of movies in his portfolio, but his most high-profile writing gig took the form of the script for The Revenant, a movie which is light on dialogue, and heavy on scenes of Leonardo DiCaprio shivering.

That movie may have won DiCaprio the Oscar that the internet wouldn't shut up about, but otherwise, there's not much here which indicated whether or not Smith is a good fit for Star Trek.

This shouldn't necessarily count against Smith - certainly, getting fresh blood to look at the series is worthwhile, especially considering the time that a network executive passed on hiring a relatively unknown young George R.R. Martin to work on The Next Generation. There's every possibility that Smith will turn in a fantastic screenplay - there's just no way of knowing at this stage what kind of tone that script will take.

While there are plenty of rumors bouncing around as to what Star Trek episodes Tarantino might be interested in adapting for his movie, nothing concrete has been confirmed, and it's unlikely that we'll get an idea of what kind of film this will be for a long time to come.

At least one iconic Trek actor has expressed an interest in returning: Sir Patrick Stewart, the actor who portrayed Captain Jean-Luc Picard, perhaps the best Enterprise captain to date (but this isn't the time to have that debate).

While it's likely that Paramount Pictures will want to push for an all-new cast of relatively cheap actors who can be called on for a future longrunning franchise, it's hard not to see the appeal of letting Stewart return to what is arguably his most famous role.

After all, in Logan, Stewart was able to give us an entirely new take on his other big-name nerdy role, creating a version of Professor X who is frail, mentally ill, and incredibly fond of expletives. If we are to see Tarantino's likely very gritty, angry, bloodsoaked interpretation of the Star Trek universe, we might as well get a truly phenomenal actor to come along for the ride.

This probably won't be the Star Trek movie that most fans would like to see. It's unlikely we'll get the kind of optimistic enthusiasm that the series was originally founded on, and which has been lacking from all recent reinventions of the universe.

If we're lucky, though, this could turn out to be an enjoyable experience nonetheless. Like any eager and inventive fanfilm, Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek probably won't be true Trek, but it could be a lot of fun as its own unique thing, that just happens to be wearing a Star Fleet uniform.

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