Geekery: Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Project Has a Writer

It wasn’t just a rumor this time – the writers room is being assembled.

Paramount is moving forward with the project that was first talked about last month. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Mark L. Smith – who helped adapt The Revenant for the big screen – has signed on to work on the script. Tarantino will take the director’s chair, and JJ Abrams is on as and executive producer.

No solid word on what the movie will be about, but the director mentioned a particular Next Generation episode from the show’s third season during an interview with Nerdist a few years back. An episode that is considered to be one of the best scifi stories ever aired on television.

Michael Piller – head writer on TNG starting in 1989 – was open to unsolicited story pitches, it’s part of what made the series different. “Yesterday’s Enterprise” was pitched by Trent Christopher Ganino, who hasn’t written anything since. The story is set in an alternate timeline where Picard captains a militarized Enterprise and Tasha Yar is still alive. I won’t spoil it for those that haven’t seen it. Netflix has it.

Knowing that Tarantino isn’t doing the writing eases the worry about the future of this project a bit, but not nearly enough. There are rumors running around that it will be rated R, that there will be a lot of gratuitous violence and language that’s just not Trek – maybe some arguments about what hamburgers are called on different planets. I’m still in the ‘how about we just not do this?’ camp.

What do you think a Tarantino Star Trek will look like?

  • LordKrungharr

    Dammit why can’t someone do something after they defeat the dominion?! Like break through the galactic barrier or something poignant to today and make warp capable drones and A.I. making important decisions cuz humans are dum

  • Dusty

    Is there really a spoiler warning for a 28-year old episode of a TV show?

    • Yep. Not everyone has been a fan as long as you have, and not everyone has watched every episode TNG. It’s a good episode – why spoil it if I don’t have to?

  • Kritarion

    There is nothing I want to see less than Quentin Tarantino do something gritty in my favourite fully automated space communism show.

    • barry sadler

      Quentin Tarantino might not want to make it gritty though, when you think of planet death don’t think of “he made a cheesy/gory film” instead think “he faithfully stuck to the style of the genre he played a homage to”. May turn out that he’s the only to director who doesn’t want to do a ‘modern take’ on the subject

      • EnTyme

        Are you referring to the Grindhouse double feature? There were two movies: Deathproof was directed by Tarantino, and Planet Terror was directed by Robert Rodriguez. Both were fun, schlocky movies that fit the genre perfectly, though. Or is there another movie out there I’m not aware of?

        • barry sadler

          Sorry I made a mistake you had to witness, please forgive me. Show mercy to me for not putting specific movie trivia higher up on my priorities. I promise I won’t do it again

          • EnTyme

            Wow. Didn’t mean it as an insult, barry. Take it easy.

          • barry sadler

            Now I’m confused, I thought it was you who was offended. Which is why I wrote you an earnest and heartfelt apology

          • EnTyme

            Sarcasm sense may be malfunctioning here. You mentioned two really good movies, and I just wanted to make sure you were aware they were directed by different guys, both of whom I’m a fan of. No offense taken or intended. Just seeking to inform.

          • barry sadler

            A bit of misunderstanding, but not sure if it’s on the part of the topic or my sense of humour

  • eMtoN

    All ahead crazy: Engage.

  • Gustav

    Sigh. Nothing against QT, or new directions, but perhaps the magic that is Star Trek is truly done. Especially in the current age of cynicism and hate we seem to live in, the original hopeful mantra of Star Trek would be welcome, but perhaps it is too late.

  • Chet Atkinson

    I think Tarantino will jump ship so need to worry. The new Trek movies have been pretty underwhelming tbh anyway

  • wibbling

    Dear life no. tarantino is a gun happy nit who can’t write with nuance. There be some sort of shoot out and lots of swearing but in space.

    • Heinz Fiction

      Would still be better than “Into Darkness”.

  • Carey_Mahoney

    No, thanks…

  • edendil

    Completely disagree. Tarantino is an auteur. A Tarantino Star Trek sounds very exciting. This could be a great movie. Maybe the greatest since Wrath of Khan.

    I have no idea what all you negative nellies are on about.

    • Rahl

      I agree that it could be interesting. However, original Star Trek being a rather optimistic view of humanity and the future, I can see why some fans would be more than a little skeptical.

      With so much of Tarantino’s material being coarse, violent, and shining light on some of the worst aspects of humanity; it makes sense that it would cause worry.

  • I really wish we could get a Star Trek movie by Wes Anderson.

  • Drpx

    “What do you think a Tarantino Star Trek will look like?”

    Kang strangling Uhura.