Kirk and Spock are Nazi hunters and more in a new fake trailer titled Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Voyage to Vengeance. Tarantino set his phaser to stun and knocked movie fans on their backsides last month when word surfaced that the Oscar winning auteur pitched an idea to J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures for a new Star Trek movie. Abrams, of course, kicked off a new film series with its classic characters in a 2009 reboot, then resumed the helm for Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013 before handing the director’s reigns over to Justin Lin in 2016 for Star Trek Beyond.
Although the franchise immediately announced plans for bringing Chris Hemsworth back to Star Trek 4 as James T. Kirk’s (Chris Pine) late father, George Kirk, after a small but pivotal role in the 2009 film, the Starship Enterprise veered wildly off-course in December with Tarantino’s reported involvement, possibly as the film’s director. While fans wait to hear of Tarantino’s grand plan for the next movie – which could possibly be an adaptation of one of the episodes from the classic series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy – a new fake trailer is channeling the director for some ideas of their own.
In new video posted Tuesday, Nerdist has created a fake trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Voyage to Vengeance, which expertly culls clips from classic Star Trek episodes and edits them in a way to mimic the style of the famed director. To begin with, the video plays throughout like one of Tarantino’s fake trailers that played along with his and fellow director Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse movies, complete with jumping frames and a scratched print look. Lucky for Nerdist, since the Star Trek episodes are from the late 1960s, no further visual alterations were made to give the trailer a vintage look.
Apart from the aesthetics, the fake trailer screams classic Tarantino, from the Pulp Fiction-esque surf music, a resonant, edgy voiceover, freeze frames and hard-hitting action associated with the director’s films. True, some visuals are added to heighten the atmosphere, but ultimately, it helps the fake trailer look like something straight out of Tarantino’s film library. When all is said and done, the classic Star Trek miraculously takes on the tone of such Tarantino gems as Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown and Inglorious Basterds, complete with “green blood, green women and Nazis.” Fortunately for Nerdist, the creators behind the video have at their disposal footage from the 1968 Star Trek episode Patterns of Force – where Kirk, Spock and the crew dress up like Nazis – to drive the point home.
The fake trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek is sure to make fans howl with delight, as the references to his films come so fast and furious that the video begs for multiple viewings. If anything, this outrageously entertaining video makes the whole idea of the director taking on something as unexpected as Star Trek seem completely doable for him, even though fans shouldn’t expect the blood, guts, gore and mother F-bombs associated with his films. Even without his trademark elements, what Tarantino’s involvement in Star Trek does promise, however, is imagination. So, whether he just writes the script or ends up writing and directing, there’s no question the filmmaker is going to boldly go where no Star Trek film has gone before.
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