While preparing for his next film that’s recently been set up at Sony Pictures, Quentin Tarantino is also planning to boldly go where he’s never been before – the world of Star Trek.
Sources have said that Tarantino has come up with a great idea for a Star Trek movie at Paramount, and after sharing this idea with JJ Abrams (who is himself busy with Star Wars Episode IX) there’s a plan in place to assemble a writers’ room of scribes who will listen to Tarantino’s take, and begin to form a movie. Then, if everything works, Tarantino may direct, with Abrams producing.
The Pulp Fiction director is famed for coming up with his own original ideas, but this hasn’t stopped many intrigued fans wondering what existing franchises might look like if Tarantino took the reins. This is something he has only done three times – and all three were on television – twice directing episodes of CSI and once directing an episode of ER.
He has spoken in the past of the appeal of taking on a James Bond film, however the difficulty of this is an auteur such as Tarantino being able to get the wide creative swath that he would desire from the rights holders. So, this would be a remarkable achievement if Paramount were able to arrange this project.
At the moment, however, Tarantino is working on his next film at Sony Pictures. The untitled film is an ensemble piece that deals with 1969 Los Angeles, around the time of the Manson family murders. Casting is yet to be announced, though the director is rumoured to be in conversation with Margot Robbie for the part of infamous Manson victim Sharon Tate, and with Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt for the two male leads.
The release date for this film will be August 9th, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of Sharon Tate’s death.