Quentin Tarantino’s had a pretty weird 2017.
He’s spent a good chunk of it working on a new film set to The Manson Family’s killing spree, and the final project is scheduled to hit theaters on the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate’s brutal murder. While the indie movie icon toiled on fictionalizing real world crimes, other real world crimes caught up to his longtime production company when a laundry list of accusers exposed Harvey Weinstein as a serial rapist. But the most recent Tarantino-related news item has far sunnier implications.
According to Deadline, the legendary Pulp Fiction auteur pitched a Star Trek movie that knocked the socks clean off Paramount executives. Reportedly, they’re already assembling a squad of writers to hash out a script, and if the process continues agreeably for all parties involved, Tarantino wants to sign on to direct while J.J. Abrams handles executive producer duties.
Although, as Deadline notes, besides Tarantino’s directed episodes of CSI and ER, this hypothetical Star Trek movie would mark his first time working on a pre-established film franchise. The contemporary batch of Star Trek films starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have generally garnered critical praise, but appear to be experiencing diminishing returns at the box office. Star Trek ain’t Marvel, in other words. But involvement from the beloved-yet-“edgy” Tarantino could up the venerable sci-fi institution’s ticket sales.
Frankly, I’d never pay to see a Star Trek movie, but I’d happily fork over $15 to watch a Quentin Tarantino movie with Star Trek characters in it — even if it absolutely had to keep its language and violence within PG-13 parameters. Time will tell if the rest of humanity feels the same way.