A few months back, the internet was set ablaze when it was revealed that not only had filmmaker Quentin Tarantino had an idea for a Star Trek film, but that the idea would be carried out into a script from Bad Robot (Under the supervision of J.J. Abrams). Even more surprisingly, if the script turned out well, Tarantino may even be interested in helming the thing. So, all of a sudden, we had a strange mix of awesome that we never thought would happen.
But will it actually happen? That’s the $10,000 question, isn’t it? Nothing is a sure thing in the business, and Star Trek itself is no stranger to a long development process. But throw in Tarantino, and you have an unparalleled recipe for mainstream interest. However, not everyone is convinced it would happen. Speaking at LexCon, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Jonathan Frakes said:
“I’m fascinated by the possibility of this. I am not convinced that that’s going to be real and I am not sure that Quentin’s gestalt and what he is known for is quite in the same wheelhouse of what we have all known Star Trek to be.”
His doubts aren’t unfounded. Realistically speaking, most of us had doubts that Tarantino and Star Trek were two things that would mesh. Would these two things be able to coexist in a believable way? And would Paramount and Tarantino be unwilling to make compromises based on their own tastes and franchise bodies of work? Who knows, right?
“I feel like he could surprise us and bring it into an R-rated world, or a PG-rated world where Star Trek kind of lives. And it could be incredibly creative. I noticed that Patrick Stewart was smart enough to offer his services as soon as he heard the name Tarantino mentioned. So, I am as curious as you are. I am not sure that it’s going to be real, that it will come to fruition, but I do know there is a writer’s room open and they are working on a story and that J.J. and Quentin have agreed to move forward, so we will see.”
At least the idea is being explored. So if it doesn’t work out, we’ll know they tried. At least it won’t be an instance where we’ll never know because the studio was too reserved to at least see if the idea was worth pursuing.