Here's What's Happening With The Star Trek Movie Series
There are said to be three projects currently in the works at different stages of development and priority inside Paramount.
New reports from Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter have shined a light on the future of the Star Trek movie series, and this includes a project originally set to be directed by Quentin Tarantino that still could happen.
The new movie boss at Paramount, Emma Watts, is said to be "re-assessing" the company's entire movie slate, and this includes the Star Trek series. There are three Star Trek projects currently in the works at different stages of production, including the sequel to 2016's Star Trek Beyond, another film from Fargo's Noah Hawley, and the Tarantino movie.
Hawley's movie is supposedly being put on the back burner, and this could be due to its story. THR says the plot is related to a virus that wipes out a huge part of the universe, and Paramount may not want to pursue this story in the current climate.
The Star Trek Beyond sequel seeks to reunite the cast of the reboot series from JJ Abrams, including Chris Hemsworth, John Cho, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, and Zoe Saldana. The actor who played Chekov, Anton Yelchin, died in a 2016 accident.
Director S.J. Clarkson was at one point attached to direct this new film, but she dropped out to work on a Game of Thrones spinoff. Among the reasons why this project has stalled, the report said, is due to the high price tag given the big-name actors who would appear in it.
The Star Trek movie originally set to be directed by Tarantino, meanwhile, is written by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), and it reportedly draws inspiration from the 1968 Star Trek Season 2 episode, "A Piece of the Action," with a story that takes place in a 1930s gangster setting. Tarantino will no longer direct this movie, should it happen, but Deadline said the project is "still viable."
Tarantino previously told Deadline that, while he wouldn't direct this new Star Trek film, he stands behind the plot of it and said he would provide notes.
"I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it. It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I'll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut," he said.
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