Since the end of 2017, there has been a lot of wonder that has been floating around the reported Star Trek film that will be overseen by iconic director Quentin Tarantino. As the cast from the rebooted series of films, begun by J.J. Abrams in 2009, prepares to dive into a fourth film directed by S.J. Clarkson, the first female feature film director in the franchise, it turns out fans will be left wondering about Tarantino’s film for a bit longer.
Not because of the Clarkson Star Trek 4, but because Tarantino is a very busy man.
Star Trek Beyond co-writer & series star Simon Pegg, who has played Chief Engineer Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in all three films, has indicated the Tarantino film is still in the works but in an interview with the Edmonton Journal spoke about the delay that surrounds that film.
“Quentin’s idea is another thing [from the Clarkson film],” Pegg said. “He came in to [Abram’s] Bad Robot and pitched it and it’s been put in the bank. I think he had us in mind when he came up with the idea; he likes the new cast. But he’s going to be so busy with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that I can’t see him doing it for five or six years, by which time we might be too old anyway.”
As Pegg mentions there is no concrete surrounding Tarantino’s film at the moment because there is much up in the air, including the cast itself. New contracts reportedly had to be secured for the cast to appear in the upcoming fourth film, and with there being no timetable on the Tarantino film not only will the cast be years older but they could also all be tied down with other work in the meantime.
All that is known about the possible film is that Tarantino is producing it and is seeking an R-rating with The Revenant‘s writer Mark L. Smith as part of the writer’s room to develop the movie. There is no telling yet if Tarantino will direct the film or not, he’s stated for years he only wants to direct 10 films before retiring and unless plans have changed doing this Star Trek film would extend the number of films.
While audiences will have to wait to see what kind of take Tarantino would have on the franchise, they at least have a returned television series in the form of Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek 4 to potentially sate their Star Trek appetite in the meantime.