Report: Quentin Tarantino pitched 'great idea' for next Star Trek movie, may direct

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

This could be a game-changer for the Star Trek film franchise.

According to Deadline, Quentin Tarantino has come up with what is described as a "great idea" for a Star Trek movie and has shared it with JJ Abrams -- who's still a producer on the Trek movies -- and Paramount Studios.

The plan at this point is for Paramount to put together a writers' room that will hear Tarantino's concept and set to work turning it into a script. If everything goes well, Tarantino himself could direct the movie, with Abrams producing.

That is potentially huge news. For one thing, Tarantino has clearly thought quite a bit about directing a Star Trek movie, as evidenced by some comments he made just recently in a podcast, where he even suggested specific episodes he might want to reference. What would make this so unusual is that Tarantino has never directed anything but his own screenplays (original or adapted) before, and has never jumped on board an existing franchise.

But since Tarantino's also indicated that he wants to make 10 films before he retires -- and he's just starting working on his ninth, a drama set around the Manson Family murders -- maybe he's thinking that for his final movie he'll direct something that he's always been a big fan of.

We're not sure what this means for Star Trek 4, for which -- last we heard -- Star Trek Beyond writers Doug Jung and Simon Pegg were working on a screenplay, and which was supposed to feature Chris Hemsworth returning as Captain Kirk's dad. No one at Paramount or in Tarantino's camp is talking at the moment, but expect this to get a lot of buzz if it comes to pass.

Could Tarantino bring a fresh new energy to Trek? Or would his highly personal style of filmmaking be the wrong refit for the Enterprise and its crew? Start the debate below!

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