William Shatner Would 'Absolutely' Join Tarantino's Star Trek Movie

William Shatner in Star Trek

William Shatner would be up for Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie on one essential condition. It’s fair to say the sudden announcement of Quentin Tarantino helming an R-rated Star Trek was one of the biggest movie surprises of 2017. The director is a well-known Trekkie, but as a filmmaker, he’s always shied away from established franchises to focus on his own, original screenplays.

Tarantino’s Star Trek movie is reportedly being fashioned as a R-Rated adventure, with a script draft now being written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), before Tarantino puts his own personal stamp on the screenplay. The project is shaping up to be the first Star Trek movie to follow 2016's Star Trek Beyond, the third entry in the reboot series that J.J. Abrams kicked off back in 2009. Despite receiving strong reviews and being released in time to mark the franchise’s fiftieth anniversary, Beyond was a box-office disappointment. Plans for a time-traveling fourth entry in the series, pairing Chris Pine’s Kirk with his father George Kirk (Chris Hemsworth), has seemingly cooled off since then.

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Original Captain Kirk actor William Shatner hasn’t played the role since 1994’s Star Trek: Generations, where the character met his demise. The geek culture icon has confirmed to his Twitter followers that he would "absolutely" be game for a role in Tarantino's movie, assuming that he was offered one - and that the film's script is actually "good".

It's a fair request, really. Fans eagerly awaited some kind of cameo by Shatner in the three previous reboot movies, but it never came to pass. Abrams actually wrote an alternate ending for 2009’s Star Trek where Shatner made an appearance, with older Kirk appearing in a recorded birthday message to his old friend Spock. Shatner is rumored to have requested a bigger role, so it wasn’t filmed. Abrams also blamed Kirk’s death in Generations for ruling out any future appearances, claiming it was impossible to write around.

While the new TV show Star Trek: Discovery has proven somewhat divisive within the Star Trek fanbase, it has succeeded in getting audiences excited and talking about the franchise again. Tarantino’s new movie would only help that cause, while allowing him to put his own distinctive spin on the Star Trek universe. Sadly, no details of the planned story of the film have emerged yet, though the filmmaker has spoken in the past of wanting to tackle a weighty time travel story, like the classic Star Trek episode "City On The Edge Of Forever".

In the meantime, Tarantino is keeping busy prepping his ninth and currently untitled movie, which is set in Hollywood in 1969. Leonardo DiCaprio will play a washed up actor, and the film will also depict the infamous Manson Family murders. Tarantino is expected to move straight on to his Star Trek movie once that project is complete.

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