This Is What Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Film Would’ve Been Like

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For years now, there have been rumors and reports — even some comments from the man himself — that Quentin Tarantino is interested in directing a Star Trek film.

Granted, while tons of Tarantino projects have fallen by the wayside throughout the years (Killer Crows, for example), what makes a potential Star Trek film from the singular director such an enticing prospect is that it would mark the Pulp Fiction filmmaker’s first foray into franchise movie-making.

But what would Tarantino’s Star Trek look like, exactly? Screenwriter Mark L. Smith — who penned The Revenant and is working on the upcoming Star Trek film from Matt Shakman — recently shared some details of what QT was cookin’ up.

“They just called me and said, ‘Hey, are you up for it? Do you want to go? Quentin wants to hook up.’ And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And that was the first day I met Quentin, in the room and he’s reading a scene that he wrote and it was this awesome cool gangster scene, and he’s acting it out and back and forth. I told him, I was so mad I didn’t record it on my phone. It would be so valuable. It was amazing. Then just we started working. I would go hang out at his house one night and we would watch old gangster films.

He added, “We were there for hours… We were just kicking back watching gangster films, laughing at the bad dialogue, but talking about how it would bleed into what we wanted to do. Kirk’s in it, we’ve got him. All the characters are there. It would be those guys. I guess you would look at it like all the episodes of the show didn’t really connect. So this would be almost its own episode. A very cool episode. There’s a little time travel stuff going on. There’s all this other… it’s really wild.” [via Bulletproof Screenwriting]

For some time now, Tarantino has been publicly flirting with the idea of making a Star Trek movie. He also, however, has also been quite public about his self-imposed 10-movie filmography, as he apparently wants to retire following the release of his 10th feature film. Unfortunately for Tarantino fans, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood marked his ninth directorial effort, meaning his next could be his last. Fingers crossed that’s not the case.

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