In some particularly surprising news, Deadline is reporting that director-writer Quentin Tarantino is in the very early stages of developing the latest Star Trek movie for Paramount. Renowned as an auteur and working on his own projects this would be the first time he has worked on a big motion picture franchise.
Boldly going where he hasn’t gone before the Academy Award-winning director has already enlisted director and producer JJ Abrams (2009’s Star Trek, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Deadline continues saying that the current plan is for Tarantino and Abrams to develop the story with a writers room putting the ideas to paper. If scheduling permits Tarantino plans to direct with Abrams to act as a producer. The last Star Trek film released in theaters was 2016’s Star Trek Beyond. Despite being received well by critics (84% on Rotten Tomatoes) it underperformed at the box office making $343.5 million, $158.8 million domestically.
Now before Trekkies get too excited production is still in the very early stages. In fact, both directors have extremely busy schedules. At the moment Tarantino is working on a film based on the Manson Family murder spree with Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio rumored to star. It is currently set to be released on August 9, 2019- the 50th anniversary of the Sharon Tate murder. Meanwhile Abrams is preparing for Star Wars: Episode IX, currently set to be released December 20, 2019 and the end of the current Star Wars trilogy.