Director Quentin Tarantino was rumored to direct an upcoming R-Rated Star Trek film, but it appears the director and studio will be going different ways.
In an interview with Consequence of Sound, the director of Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds admits he’s moving away from a possible Star Trek project.
In fact, Tarantino admits he hasn’t even met with Paramount about a potential film.
“I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet.”
Tarantino then notes his latest film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood might actually be his last film.
“In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last.”
Tarantino has oft spoken about his plans to retire from film making after directing 10 films.
Back in July he spoke to GQ Australia about the prospect, telling them he might quit after Once Upon A Time in Hollywood:
“Well, um if it’s really well received, maybe I won’t go to 10. Maybe I’ll stop right now! Maybe I’ll stop while I’m ahead. We’ll see.”
Speaking with Consequence of Sound, Tarantino would detail that Once Upon A Time in Hollywood has allowed him to take the pressure off.
“So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, “Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?” No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it. Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, “Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if it’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.” This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up.”
Tarantino would reveal that he has no idea what his 10th movie will be.
“I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue.”
While Tarantino indicated he hasn’t had talks with the studio about a Star Trek film, a source close to CBS tells us that “people did not even come to the meetings to be pitched.”
Tarantino’s apparent departure from Star Trek also comes a little less than a month after reports indicated Legion and Fargo creator Noah Hawley had been tapped to write and direct a new Star Trek film.
Hawley’s film is expected to star Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, and Zoe Saldana.
However, Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who was expected to reprise his role as George Kirk in a fourth Star Trek film, reportedly walked away from the movie after contract negotiations reportedly fell through with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media.
Hemsworth would later explain he walked away from the project due to issues with the script.
He told Variety, “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet.” He added, “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”
What do you make of this news that Tarantino might no longer direct a Star Trek film? Would you have wanted to see a Tarantino R-Rated Star Trek film? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!