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STAR TREK: Quentin Tarantino May Direct the Next Film with J.J. Abrams Producing

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Star Trek 14 May be Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Director Quentin Tarantino‘s idea for a Star Trek film is being explored with the backing of former Star Trek director J.J. Abrams. Tarantino has flirted with directing installments of franchises in the past, most-notably James Bond. Quentin Tarantino’s idea for Star Trek 14 was pitched to J.J. Abrams, and it was so interesting that a writers room is being created around it. If successful, Tarantino would direct the film and J.J. Abrams would produce it for Paramount Pictures.

Tarantino nor Abrams can write or direct the proposed film. Tarantino is gearing up to direct a 1969 Mansion murder film and Abrams is preparing to direct Star Wars: Episode IX.

Unlike with regular films and directors, I can not imagine that Quentin Tarantino will be passive when it comes to the script for Star Trek 14. Though he doesn’t have the time to write the film, Tarantino certainly has the time to read the film (the script) and submit extensive notes. There is no way Tarantino consents to direct this Star Trek film until the script is precisely the way he wants it. If the Star Trek writing room writers can’t get script there, Tarantino has the vast writing ability to do so.

Then there is the other issue that is connected to almost all of Tarantino’s films-to-date – the right of final cut. Final cut is why Tarantino directs all of his scripts. Directing is the only way to ensure that his screenplay and his vision for his film is translated to the big screen. Tarantino had to sit back, impotent, as director Oliver Stone severely altered his Natural Born Killers‘ script when directing that film. Tarantino has never forgotten that experience. I can’t imagine that Tarantino wants someone coming behind him and changing his Star Trek film to their or to someone else’s vision for Star Trek. If Paramount Pictures formerly hires Tarantino to direct, final cut will be, no pun intended, the most paramount element of that contract.

The rebooted Star Trek film series has done well at the box office. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek earned over $385 Million world-wide, Star Trek Into Darkness earned over $467 Million world-wide, and Star Trek Beyond earned over $343 Million world-wide.

Quentin Tarantino coming into this science-fiction franchise would be a gigantic infusion of directing / writing muscle, not to mention the influence of his global fan base.

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