After years of speculation about an R-rated Quentin Tarantino-directed Star Trek movie, the acclaimed director has officially left the project.
Despite the rumors, Quentin Tarantino will not direct a new Star Trek movie. The acclaimed filmmaker has been one of the most talked about possibilities for a new installment in the iconic Star Trek franchise for years. Known primarily for hits like Pulp Fiction, as well as Kill Bill 1 and 2, Tarantino's entire catalog of films is considered by many to be an essential viewing for any movie buff. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood took home two Oscars, and the film has often been hailed as a new style change from the 57-year-old author. But in addition to the success that Tarantino has consistently achieved with his work, he has also been the source of endless rumors and self-imposed restrictions.
Several years ago, Tarantino announced that he would be retiring from the cinema after making his 10th film. Since then, fans have been desperate to know what kind of stories Tarantino will end his career with. At this point, Tarantino has one last movie left to deliver to the world and everyone wants to know what it would be. For some time now, a Star Trek movie was a rumored possibility, sparking much discussion among Star Trek fans and Tarantino.
Unfortunately for those wanting to see a new Tarantino Star Trek movie, confirmation has come in that it won't happen. News courtesy of Deadline confirms that Tarantino withdrew from the project, although the script he intended to film (written by The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith) is still alive at Paramount. Whether or not it will become the next Star Trek movie remains to be seen, but even if it does, Tarantino will not be the director directing it.
The franchise needs renewed energy
As a self-proclaimed Trekkie, Quentin Tarantino was arguably one of the best choices Paramount could make in order to give the franchise a new life.
JJ Abrams had provided that kind of energy to fans in his movies in his 2009 reboot, Star Trek, injecting the entire franchise with a new feel and look. However, as the subsequent sequels to that film arrived in 2013 and 2016, it was clear that something had to change once again to continue to elevate the series.
In December 2017, it was announced that Tarantino would be directing a new R-rated Star Trek movie, generating much speculation and enthusiasm from fans. However, while the idea of an R-rated Star Trek was intriguing to some, there was no shortage of fans who felt that Tarantino's fondness for on-screen violence was incongruous with Star Trek's core philosophy, as well as his established history.
With the news of Quentin Tarantino's departure from a new now official Star Trek project, more conservative fans will likely breathe a sigh of relief. Even some Tarantino fans who weren't interested in the filmmaker's supposed final outing being a movie that he didn't write himself. For these reasons, it's perhaps for the best that Tarantino changed his mind about Star Trek. At least this way, both sides of fans will feel calmer.
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