Geekery: Quentin Tarantino Might be Working on a Star Trek Movie

Reports are saying Tarantino and J.J. Abrams are working on a new Star Trek movie for Paramount.

Tarantino has talked about being a fan of the original series and TNG in interviews for years. He’s stated he’s a big fan of the reboot cast, but not so much of Abrams’ take on Khan. He’s also talked about wanting to remake classic episodes into something for the big screen; a movie that would somehow fit into the reboot timeline.

Deadline published this bit of news last night. It seems he may get to film his re-makes.

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.

There are no details on the pitch – just that it might exist. In an interview on the Nerdist Podcast a few years back he talked about several specific episodes.

It would definitely be a shift from what he’s spent his career doing – pulp, genre movies that aren’t timid when it comes to violence. That’s not really what Trek is about. Personally, I’m hoping this doesn’t go beyond this rumor. It’s just a bad pairing.

Would you see a Star Trek movie directed by Quentin Tarantino?

  • Paul

    Big if true

  • eMtoN

    If I had a list of directors that I felt had no business directing a Trek film, Quentin would be one of the names.

    However given the damage caused by the Kelvin timeline and the new series, I’ll just throw my hands up and say why not? After all he couldn’t possibly screw it up any worse.

    • Jared Swenson

      I can definitely agree with this. I feel we haven’t had a great trek show or movie since first contact and it’s primarily due to mishandling of the franchise and people who really just don’t ‘get it’. Venturing out into a completely different type of director can’t make it any worse, it may actually turn out to be good. Tarantino prefers the rated-R world of movies, but that is not to say he is incapable of handling something like this. I will hold out judgement of course, but I am willing to give it a shot.

  • dinodoc

    There’s not enough nope in the universe to express my feelings on this. Not only does exactly 0 of the man’s writing and films fit within the Star Trek theme, I’m terrified at how he’d sneak his foot fetishism into the movie.

  • KreskinsESP

    I look forward to him casting himself as an alien who won’t stop saying the n-word for some reason.

    • Strategery.

      Did you notice a sign out in front of my house that said “Dead Nausicaan Storage”?

      • euansmith

        “Say “Live long and prosper” one more time; I dare ya, I double dare ya, melon-farmer!”

  • D. B.


    Well, there’s Chekov if he needs to ice a major character (it was already said the great late Anton Yelchin would not be recast), but I don’t quite see him keeping up his usual protagonist killoff ratio in the Trek franchise. However, if he can curb his urge to have major players explode in fountains of gore, anything is possible.

  • Drpx

    This will only will work if the movie is about the Klingons hacking their way across the Romulan Empire and they take away Abrams’ lenses.

  • Strategery.
  • Majere613

    If Tarantino did direct a Trek movie it’d be far more likely to be a stylistic love-letter to Wrath of Khan and the original series than some sort of sweary gore-fest. He’s extremely good at recreating the feel of other styles of cinema- look at the Pai Mei stuff from Kill Bill, for example, which could have come straight out of a Shaw Brothers or Golden Harvest movie, right down to how the camera moves when it zooms.

    • Jared Swenson

      Tarantino is an old school director. He said his favorite series was TOS. If anyone is willing to fight for practical effects, interesting characters and dialogue, it would be him, especially with the pull he has in hollywood.

      • KreskinsESP

        I wouldn’t consider his dialogue to be a strong point with him, since he seems to be incapable of writing people that actually speak like humans instead of collections of forced cool.

        He is, however, a great imitator of styles (Jackie Brown nailed the look and feel of 70s blaxploitation, Django did the same for spaghetti westerns). So is Abrams (just look at The Force Awakens, and the only thing to nail the whole 80s Spielberg aesthetic better than Super 8 has been the first season of Stranger Things), and a lot of what went wrong came from him trying to do something new and different (allegedly due to unfamiliarity with the source).

        Tarantino, working off of someone else’s (just get Simon Pegg again) script, could prove to be a winning formula. One thing he wouldn’t be scared to do is make the series just a little bit hokey, which is a big part of the charm of TOS. I mean, look at how much of a slog The Motion Picture is, and it’s entirely because they actually had a decent budget for once.

        I swear, if you cut out all the slow pans of the fancy new Enterprise model, The Motion Picture would be 6 and a half minutes long.

  • Well, that’d be the first Trek thing I’ll never watch.

  • JL

    I’ll give it a chance. Can’t be worse than Into Darkness or Nemesis

  • Jared Swenson

    Ryker: Mmmm! Goddamn, Captain! This is some serious gourmet s#!&! Usually, me and Data would be happy with some replicator tea right, but he springs this serious GOURMET s#!& on us! What flavor is this?
    Pickard: Knock it off, Number 1.
    Ryker: [pause] What?
    Pickard: I don’t need you to tell me how f&$@ing good my tea is, okay? I’m the one who imports it. I know how good it is. The ship’s replicator makes s#!&. I import the gourmet expensive Earl Grey because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the Earl Grey tea in my ready room, it’s the dead klingon in my shuttle bay.
    Ryker: Oh, Captain, don’t even worry about that…
    Pickard: [interupting] No, No, No, No, let me ask you a question. When you came flying in here, did you notice a sign out in front of my ship that said “Dead Klingon Storage”?
    Ryker: Captain, you know I ain’t seen no…
    Pickard: [cutting him off again; getting angry] Did you notice a sign out in front of my ship that said “Dead Klingon Storage”?
    Ryker: [pause] No. I didn’t.
    Pickard: You know WHY you didn’t see that sign?
    Ryker: Why?
    Pickard: ‘Cause it ain’t there, ’cause storing dead klingons ain’t my f&$@ing prime directive, that’s why!

  • Gregory Heyes

    Can we get an Orville movie instead…?

    • eMtoN

      Orville rocks. I started watching it as just a goofy show but it honestly out Trek’s Trek.

  • euansmith

    I’m sure that , with a decent editor, any Quentin Tarantino movie could be turned in to a good 90 minute film.

    • Douglas Burton

      I agree you can make any of his films as good movies. All you need is to do about 90 minutes worth of reshoots with a different director and screenwriter and there you go.

      • euansmith

        😀 I just think that his movies generally contain two or three five minute scenes that a really good; and then two and a half hours of self indulgent filler. My favourite Tarantino film is Jackie Brown, but then it appears to be the one he had least control over.