Quentin Tarantino is developing a Star Trek movie - here is everything we know about the project. The franchise has returned to its TV roots with Star Trek: Discovery debuting on CBS All Access earlier this year, but the film branch has been quiet since 2016’s Beyond underperformed at the box office. With Paramount looking to again revive the series, and Tarantino’s own established interest and sudden availability, it makes sense that there’d be some interest from both parties.
Right now, everything is still in a nebulous, early form and so plans all very open to change. But there is still a lot of information out there.
Where Tarantino Is In His Career Now (This Page)
Tarantino Is Looking For A New Home
For the majority of his career, Tarantino worked with Miramax/The Weinstein Company. When Tarantino's first film, Reservoir Dogs premiered at 1992's Sundance film festival, it was the Weinsteins who obtained the distribution rights. Tarantino felt indebted to them and was close with both brothers. For the next 25 years, all of his pictures were produced by them. There were minor exceptions: he guest-directed an episode of ER and a scene in Sin City - but for the most part he was locked at TWC.
However, things changed earlier this year. Following the downfall of Harvey Weinstein in light of extensive sexual harassment and abuse allegations, Tarantino left the company, with his next film - a 1969 period piece tangentially related to Charles Manson - finding a home at Sony, and him open to work on a variety of different projects.
Tarantino Has Near-History With Franchise Films
While the TWC situation may have catalyzed the Trek development, Tarantino has always shown an attraction to franchise filmmaking. In 2005 he was a contender to helm the Daniel Craig-led reboot Casino Royale. His pitch - a direct sequel to On Her Majesty's Secret Service, showing Bond dealing with the death of his wife from the end of the George Lazenby-starring film - was not accepted and as Tarantino did not want to tone down his vision, things didn't work out.
However, it's an interest he has maintained. In fact, since leaving TWC, there has been a groundswell of support for Tarantino to direct the upcoming Bond 25 film, which is expected to be Daniel Craig's final portrayal of the character.
Evidently, the director isn't above franchise filmmaking and will come round to it should the right situation come about: which may have arrived with Star Trek.
Tarantino Boards the Enterprise - With A Crew
J.J. Abrams is gathering a writer’s room to develop Tarantino’s Star Trek pitch into a script while Tarantino is working on his latest film. At the end of the process, if both sides like the script, it would be sent to Paramount for approval. While things are still in an embryonic stage, it is presumed that Abrams would produce the film, with Tarantino sharing writing credit and potentially directing. It's unclear what Tarantino's pitch is, although we have some clues from discussions he's had in the past...