There are few directors out there who have the name and recognition of Quentin Tarantino. In today’s day and age, it’s increasingly difficult to make your name on making original content for the big screen, and he’s done exactly that with amazing films like Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds (I’ll fight anyone who says this isn’t original), and Hateful Eight. But so recognizable is his style and dialogue, would he ever be able to to effectively helm a franchise film?
Our instincts tell us no. When you get into business with Tarantino, you’re in the business of making a Tarantino film, not the other way around. At least that’s the impression we get based on his filmography and personality. But in assuming he would never be up to make such a film, we’d be jumping the gun a bit.
Back in 2015, Tarantino spoke with Nerdist about how he’d much rather direct Star Trek than Star Wars, and he even went on to discuss what his ideas for such a film would be. Check out the audio below:
The above clip has been making the rounds in recent weeks, and it’s perhaps because of this clip that someone from TMZ thought it best to ambush Tarantino and ask about him potentially taking on a Star Trek film. When asked, Tarantino pauses for a moment before stating:
“It’d be worth having a meeting about.”
Furthermore, when asked if he would really only have two films left before he retired, Tarantino just held up two fingers and walked away.
So would this be a good idea? It’s hard to say at this point. If someone from Paramount is reading, it’d likely be worth at least setting up some sort of meeting. The studio is understandably protective of this brand, but if Tarantino has some unique ideas that could still fall in line with the brand, then it may be a route worth exploring. Tarantino’s never done a franchise film before, and with two more films left until his supposed retirement, it’s something we’d at least like to be on the table before his time is up.
Understandably, there are a lot of potential downsides to this. Him making this film would mean there’s only one other film left for him to make — meaning the Manson murder film would be his last original one. Additionally, in trying to merge his style with something more in line with a studio, we may end up with a dud film that doesn’t take as many risks as his movies usually do, but takes too many for fans of Star Trek. It’s an awkward in-between that may not please anybody. And if Tarantino does manage to persuade the studio to let him make it his way, you’ll have hardcore Trek fans to answer to.
While we doubt it would ever happen, it’s at least something worth thinking about. What are your thoughts on Tarantino potentially taking on a Star Trek film? Let us know your thoughts down below!