Quentin Tarantino’s New ‘Star Trek’ Film Will Be Like ‘Pulp Fiction’ In Space

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Film
Published 18.07.19
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Though he’s never done something like this before and his films are very family unfriendly, Quentin Tarantino says his Star Trek film would be a lot like Pulp Fiction, but in space.

A Tarantino-produced, written and directed Star Trek film has been in the pipeline for some time now, but nothing has ever been confirmed, with it seeming unlikely that Paramount would be comfortable switching direction like that.

Despite this, Tarantino himself has spoken about the project and seems genuinely enthusiastic about what could be done, saying it more or less remains in the hands of the production company.

He stayed resolute in his plan to remain a violent and gritty storyteller as he spoke about the potential film, also calling out Simon Pegg for talking about things he isn’t particularly well-versed in.

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Tarantino said:

I don’t know if I’ll do it or not. I’ve got to figure it out, but [Mark L. Smith] wrote a really cool script. I like it a lot. There’s some things I need to work on but I really, really liked it. I get annoyed at Simon Pegg. He doesn’t know anything about what’s going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff. One of the comments he said, he’s like ‘Well, look, it’s not going to be Pulp Fiction in space.’ Yes, it is! [laughs hard].

If I do it, that’s exactly what it’ll be. It’ll be Pulp Fiction in space. That Pulp Fiction-y aspect, when I read the script, I felt, I have never read a science fiction movie that has this sh*t in it, ever. There’s no science fiction movie that has this in it. And they said, I know, that’s why we want to make it. It’s, at the very least, unique in that regard.

He then went on to reiterate that his Star Trek would be R-rated, with themes that align with his previous films’.

There is a gangster element to what we’re doing with the Star Trek thing that works out pretty good.

I just don’t think it’s that big of a deal but if I’m going to do it, then I’m going to do it my way. If you’ve seen my nine movies, you kind of know my way is an R-rated way and a way that is without certain restrictions. So that goes part and parcel.

I think it would be more controversial if I said I’m going to do a PG movie and it’s going to fit exactly in the universe. It’s not me. What the f*ck am I doing? I mean I didn’t even do that when I did that CSI episode.

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The thing is, when I talked to JJ about it, it’s not that radical. We’re just not worrying about stuff like that. JJ said, ‘Quentin, I love this idea because I think with Star Trek we can go any way we want to.’ Look, I’ve got a situation. As long as Paramount likes the idea and the script they almost got nothing to lose right now when it comes to Star Trek.

Deadpool showed that you can rethink these things, do them in a different way. So really, even before JJ knew what the idea was, his feeling was, if it wants to be an R rating, fine. If it wants to be the Wild Bunch in space, fine.

Tarantino went on to say that while he was a huge fan of the original Star Trek series and would love to have William Shatner return to his role of Captain Kirk, he still intensely admires both Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock.

This could be interesting…

We’ll keep you updated when we learn more.

Images via Paramount, Getty, Mirimax