Tarantino's 'Star Trek' to be penned by 'The Revenant' scribe

Lawrence Kim
December 22, 2017

The idea of a Tarantino-helmed Trek comes almost a decade after Abrams revitalized Trek for the big screen with his 2009 reboot Star Trek, and followed it up with 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness. Abrams to boldly go into a new direction for the long running franchise.

Earlier this month (Dec17), it was reported that that the Pulp Fiction filmmaker was making plans for another instalment of the sci-fi franchise with J.J. Abrams at Paramount Pictures, who helmed 2009's Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness in 2013, before moving into the Star Wars universe with 2015's The Force Awakens for Disney.

Tarantino singled out Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" and Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" as being two episodes that could potentially be turned into a two-hour movie.

Although details on the new Star Trek story are now being kept under wraps, it is believed the film will be based on an original idea Tarantino dreamed up several years ago. We also learned then that Tarantino and Abrams had agreed to create a writers' room at Paramount in order to develop the film.

We've known for a few weeks now that for the first time, Quentin Tarantino, the legendarily wordy writer/director, is planning to helm a feature film that he won't be primarily screenwriting.

Yet, for some freaky and inexplicable reason, it's now coming towards a reality as Deadline reports that Paramout has officially signed Mark L. Smith - screenwriter of Leonardo DiCaprio's Oscar-winning survivalist thriller The Revenant - to write a screenplay for Star Trek that will be directed by Quentin Tarantino. That film will release in August 2019.

Abrams is now in pre-production on "Star Wars: Episode IX".

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