The much talked about Star Trek film by Quentin Tarantino is becoming increasingly interesting. Not only is Tarantino joining hands with J.J. Abrams to make this Star Trek film, but, it is going to be R-rated, and if things go well, the Pulp Fiction director will direct it too, using a story he had pitched to Paramount and Abrams. Now to give a crazier twist to thigs, Patrick Stewart has expressed his willingness to play Jean-Luc Picard for this Star Trek film, if they ask him to do so. This is what he said recently.
“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about. But one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”
For now, Quentin Tarantino is occupied with his new film tentatively titled #9 scheduled to release next year. J.J. Abrams who made the first two Star Trek reboot movies for Paramount will be an executive producer on this one. However, he is busy making Star Wars: Episode IX at present. However, this affords the studio the required time to get the new Star Trek film written and prepare to film it.
Tarantino recently met a room of writers including Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), and Drew Pearce (Iron-Man 3). Smith turned out to be the most likely candidate, after spending hours throwing ideas around. He hasn’t yet signed for the project, but, he is probably the one who would get down to write the Tarantino pitch for the new Star Trek. Will the film feature Jean-Luc Picard? A 2015 interview had indicated that the story might include the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode titled Tomorrow’s Enterprise, therefore, it is not ruled out. Stewart also said that Tarantino would be his “first choice” to helm the new film.
“The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame; it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does. I also love his sense of humor as a filmmaker. So yes, he would be my first choice.”
There are hardly any details available about the new Star Trek film, but, it seems to be progressing at a good pace. While it might not be sweet music for those who wanted to see a sequel to Star Trek Beyond, but, as this interview with THR suggested, we might see Jean-Luc Picard return to the big screen for the first time after the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis, which is a fascinating thing. That’s what Tarantino’s Star Trek film might do. People love to work with him.