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. Not much is known for sure about Tarantino’s proposed Star Trek film, besides his intent that it be rated R, but now we know it will have a writer’s room with at least one confirmed member: The Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith, as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.
As reported earlier, the project came about when Tarantino pitched a Star Trek film to veteran franchise director and producer, J.J. Abrams. We also learned then that Tarantino and Abrams had agreed to create a writers' room at Paramount in order to develop the film. So it seems that Smith is now officially in the room.
Speculating here, but adding big name screenwriting talent to the writers' room may just flesh out Tarantino’s pitch to the point where he then rewrites major portions himself, as it would be an unprecedented curiosity to see a film under the noted Trekkie’s direction without his signature dialogue.
Regardless, Smith, and whoever else ends up on the writing staff, should have plenty of time to hammer it out, because in between now and then is Tarantino's still-untitled Charles Manson film, slated for release in 2019.