Star Trek experienced somewhat of a resurgence in 2009 thanks to filmmaker J.J. Abrams, along with his star-studded cast comprised of Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg. The then newly-rebooted series was received well by critics and audiences alike and performed admirably at the box office, until its most recent third offering Star Trek Beyond failed to bring in the dough, although not for lack of quality. However, Beyond‘s poor box office result must have placed a lot of doubt in minds of Paramount’s studio executives and as such the once-discussed fourth instalment has not been heard about since. Well, it now seems that the studio is looking to the future and is gearing up for more Star Trek, and has even brought in some top tier talent to see to its conception.
Star Trek is continuing to live on through its latest TV show incarnation Star Trek Discovery, but given its proven success cinematically it would only be a wasted opportunity for Paramount to keep it hidden away in a black hole somewhere. So, with the studio’s decision to bring Trek back to the big screen it has also hired one of the biggest players in Hollywood today Quentin Tarantino.
A report from Deadline is claiming that Tarantino recently pitched an idea to Paramount, with Abrams present, for a Star Trek film, that was apparently received well. It is assumed that the pitch is for a completely new film that will signify the end of the Pine-led franchise in favour of starting afresh. While Abrams would remain a producer and continue to see through the movie’s development, Tarantino could very well be taking the director’s chair on this one. Although, it is important to take that with a grain of salt as the Hateful Eight writer/director has never really been one for attaching himself to big-budget blockbuster films such as this.
Where the space-faring franchise will be heading next is unknown at this point, but no doubt if Tarantino was keen enough to bring his idea to the studio then it must be pretty good. The thought of the 54-year-old filmmaker helming such a project is an interesting one indeed. How would it look? – we may very well found out at some point!
A New Star Trek film is yet to receive an official announcement.