Back in 2017, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino was developing a Star Trek film with an eye to direct, based on an idea he shared with producer J.J. Abrams. Since then, Tarantino has been pretty hard at work on his 1969-set drama Once Upon a Time In Hollywood—which is not a Manson movie!—and we haven’t got much of an update on the Star Trek film in the interim.
But fear not, Tarantino hopefuls. While speaking to SlashFilm about turning his Hateful Eight into a mini-series for Netflix, the filmmaker noted a script has been written and a trip to the final frontier is still a “very big possibility. He’s just got to finish that pesky Golden Age of Hollywood epic first.
It’s a very big possibility. I haven’t been dealing with those guys for a while cause I’ve been making my movie. But we’ve talked about a story and a script. The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again.
Tarantino also said he’s currently in the audio mix stage on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which puts him toward the tail-end of production. (The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 26.)
Should it happen—and someone in Hollywood wouldn’t just throw out the phrase “very big possibility” lightly, right?—a Star Trek movie directed by Tarantino would be a game-changer on a few levels. It would mark the director’s first foray into an IP outside his original ideas, as well as his tenth film. (Tarantino has said in the past that he plans to call it a career after making ten movies.) Of course, it’d be a departure for the Star Trek franchise, too, which has never had an R-rated entry.