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Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek

Postby TheButcher on Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:38 pm

Deadline December 4, 2017:
Quentin Tarantino Hatches ‘Star Trek’ Movie Idea; Paramount, JJ Abrams To Assemble Writers Room
Mike Fleming Jr wrote:EXCLUSIVE: Already busy prepping to direct the film he just set up at Sony Pictures, Quentin Tarantino is also planning to boldly go where he has not gone before. Sources said that Tarantino has come up with a great idea for a Star Trek movie at Paramount. After sharing his idea with JJ Abrams (who himself is busy prepping Star Wars Episode IX), I’ve heard the plan is to assemble a writers room of scribes who’ll hear Tarantino’s take and begin to put together a movie. If it all works out, Tarantino might direct it, with Abrams producing.

While Tarantino has always come up with his own original films, many have wondered what he might do if he took the reins of an existing franchise. He has only done that on television, twice directing episodes of CSI and once an episode of ER. He has spoken about the appeal of taking on one of the James Bond movies, but the hard part of something like that is getting the rights holders to give him a wide creative swath that comes along with a final cut auteur like Tarantino. This would give a remarkable boost to the venerable franchise for Paramount, which is looking to build them under studio chief Jim Gianopulos.

As Deadline revealed last month, Tarantino agreed to make his next film for Sony Pictures. The untitled film is an ensemble that deals with a period in Los Angeles around the time of the Manson murder spree around 1969. He has asked Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate, and has been discussing two great male lead roles with Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, though he hasn’t yet set final casting. Release date is August 9, 2019. That is the 50th anniversary of the death of Sharon Tate, but the description of the picture as a Manson Family pic isn’t really accurate, kind of like describing Inglorious Basterds as a movie about Hitler.

Paramount declined comment, and attempts to reach Tarantino’s camp were unavailing. Stay tuned.


NERDIST PODCAST DECEMBER 18, 2015:
EPISODE 774: QUENTIN TARANTINO
Quentin Tarantino (director, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) chats with Chris and Matt about going to Comic-Con back in the day, what movies inspired him as a kid, and how he turns everything he reads and sees into a movie in his head. He also talks about his process while directing and writing, things that almost made it into his movies, and what to expect with The Hateful Eight!


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Re: Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek

Postby Ribbons on Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:45 pm

I don't believe for a second that Tarantino is going to end up making a Star Trek movie. This is the wild hair he gets up his ass and speculates about in interviews every now and then, like those James Bond and Godzilla entries he used to bang on about.

Although I'd be first in line if he did.
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Re: Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek

Postby TheButcher on Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:47 am

Deadline December 7, 2017:
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Will Be R-Rated: ‘The Revenant’s Mark L. Smith Frontrunner Scribe
Mike Fleming Jr wrote:EXCLUSIVE: After Deadline this week revealed that Quentin Tarantino pitched a Star Trek film to JJ Abrams and Paramount, the whole thing is moving at warp speed. Tarantino met for hours in a writers room with Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, Drew Pearce and Megan Amram. They kicked around ideas and one of them will get the job. I’m hearing the frontrunner is Smith, who wrote The Revenant. The film will most certainly go where no Star Trek has gone before: Tarantino has required it to be R rated, and Paramount and Abrams agreed to that condition. Most mega budget tent poles restrict the film to a PG-13 rating in an effort to maximize the audience. That was the reason that Guillermo Del Toro’s $150 million At The Mountains of Madness didn’t go forward at Universal, even though Tom Cruise was ready to star. The exception to this rule was Fox’s Deadpool, but that film started out with modest ambitions before it caught on and became the biggest R rated film ever.

That rating was crucially important to Tarantino, who hopes to direct this Star Trek and who has helmed R rated films his entire career. Imagine how this could open storytelling lanes, or even what the banter on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise might be, if you conjure up memories of the conversations between Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, or the banter at the diner between robbers before the heist gone wrong that triggered the action in Reservoir Dogs.

Smith is best known for writing the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed The Revenant and subsequently overhauled Overlord, the WWII thriller that Abrams’ Bad Robot is producing for Paramount. Pearce’s script credits include Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the TV series Runaway TV; he just directed his script Hotel Artemis; Beer’s credits are mostly upcoming, and include the Doug Liman-directed Chaos Walking, as well as Godzilla Vs. Kong, Masters of the Universe, Barbarella and Dungeons and Dragons, all big scale stuff.

They will lock one of the three quickly (if there is a front runner, it might be Smith), and the film will be scripted based on Tarantino’s idea while Tarantino is filming his next film about the Manson summer of 1969, which got set at Sony and has I, Tonya‘s Margot Robbie poised to play Sharon Tate, and Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt all having met with the filmmaker about roles.
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Re: Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek

Postby TheButcher on Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:04 am

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Here’s Quentin Tarantino On What He Wants To Do With STAR TREK
ANDREW TODD wrote:We're still reeling over today's news that Quentin Tarantino has pitched a new Star Trek movie to Paramount, is working on it with JJ Abrams, and may even direct the damn thing. That's news so improbable it had to come either from April 1st of any year, or any day of 2017. But Deadline's story didn't feature any information about what Tarantino's pitch is, exactly. Luckily, thanks to a December 2015 interview on the Nerdist Podcast, we might have a little glimmer of an idea.

I'll let you listen first - it's pretty short, though as dense as you'd imagine:

Tarantino expresses distaste for Star Trek Into Darkness (check), but appreciation for the reboot cast (also check); he also notes that in the reboot universe (or the Kelvin timeline, for true fans), the events of the original series very well may still happen, even if they're slightly altered. He then goes on to discuss the notion of remaking classic episodes with full casts and bigger budgets, namechecking The Original Series' "City on the Edge of Forever" (as well as the fact that it's obvious to namecheck "City on the Edge of Forever"). That's when things get real interesting.

Tarantino's pitch - if it's anything like what he describes in the interview - would seem to revolve around the Next Generation Season 3 episode "Yesterday's Enterprise." One of the best episodes in the franchise's history, it deals with time travel and alternate realities, forcing Picard and his crew to choose between altering the timeline to save the mysteriously reappeared USS Enterprise-C, throwing the quadrant into war, or saving the timeline and dooming that ship and her crew. A classic trolley-problem episode, only with significantly higher stakes.

While the interview cuts off before Tarantino can explain his precise take on the idea, my suspicion/speculation is that, rather than straight-up remaking "Yesterday's Enterprise," his pitch could rework its premise to unify the two parallel realities into which Trek canon is now split. Perhaps the reboot's Enterprise could be put into the Enterprise-C's role; perhaps Kirk, Spock, and company would have to make a similar decision about a completely different vessel. Like, for example, the USS Kelvin, destroyed at the opening of 2009's Star Trek. There's already been talk of bringing Chris Hemsworth's George Kirk back for the fourth film in the reboot series; maybe that idea can be combined with Tarantino's to seal off the Kelvin timeline once and for all.

Whatever happens, it'll be completely surreal seeing Quentin Tarantino credited on a Star Trek movie - even if it's only a "Story By" nod.



THR DECEMBER 08, 2017:
Patrick Stewart Might Reprise Jean-Luc Picard Role if Tarantino Directs 'Star Trek'
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Re: Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek

Postby Peven on Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:24 am

TheButcher wrote:BMD:
Here’s Quentin Tarantino On What He Wants To Do With STAR TREK
ANDREW TODD wrote:We're still reeling over today's news that Quentin Tarantino has pitched a new Star Trek movie to Paramount, is working on it with JJ Abrams, and may even direct the damn thing. That's news so improbable it had to come either from April 1st of any year, or any day of 2017. But Deadline's story didn't feature any information about what Tarantino's pitch is, exactly. Luckily, thanks to a December 2015 interview on the Nerdist Podcast, we might have a little glimmer of an idea.

I'll let you listen first - it's pretty short, though as dense as you'd imagine:

Tarantino expresses distaste for Star Trek Into Darkness (check), but appreciation for the reboot cast (also check); he also notes that in the reboot universe (or the Kelvin timeline, for true fans), the events of the original series very well may still happen, even if they're slightly altered. He then goes on to discuss the notion of remaking classic episodes with full casts and bigger budgets, namechecking The Original Series' "City on the Edge of Forever" (as well as the fact that it's obvious to namecheck "City on the Edge of Forever"). That's when things get real interesting.

Tarantino's pitch - if it's anything like what he describes in the interview - would seem to revolve around the Next Generation Season 3 episode "Yesterday's Enterprise." One of the best episodes in the franchise's history, it deals with time travel and alternate realities, forcing Picard and his crew to choose between altering the timeline to save the mysteriously reappeared USS Enterprise-C, throwing the quadrant into war, or saving the timeline and dooming that ship and her crew. A classic trolley-problem episode, only with significantly higher stakes.

While the interview cuts off before Tarantino can explain his precise take on the idea, my suspicion/speculation is that, rather than straight-up remaking "Yesterday's Enterprise," his pitch could rework its premise to unify the two parallel realities into which Trek canon is now split. Perhaps the reboot's Enterprise could be put into the Enterprise-C's role; perhaps Kirk, Spock, and company would have to make a similar decision about a completely different vessel. Like, for example, the USS Kelvin, destroyed at the opening of 2009's Star Trek. There's already been talk of bringing Chris Hemsworth's George Kirk back for the fourth film in the reboot series; maybe that idea can be combined with Tarantino's to seal off the Kelvin timeline once and for all.

Whatever happens, it'll be completely surreal seeing Quentin Tarantino credited on a Star Trek movie - even if it's only a "Story By" nod.



THR DECEMBER 08, 2017:
Patrick Stewart Might Reprise Jean-Luc Picard Role if Tarantino Directs 'Star Trek'


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