With a new Star Trek show that is going into its second season, Star Trek: Discovery and a new series starring Patrick Stewart in a reprisal of his celebrated role of Captain Picard, Star Trek fans are currently up to their ears in new and exciting content. The influx of Star Trek TV shows started up shortly after the third film in the J.J. Abrams-led series went on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean that there cannot be TV and film series in production at the same time!
In regards to future big screen projects, a new film directed by S. J. Clarkson, in partnership with Abrams’ Bad Robot Company, is on the docket. It should be noted that there is no official release date yet, but Clarkson would be the first female director for the series and will surely make her a very celebrated artist after the release.
Besides that, another celebrated director is slated to helm another Star Trek film, and that is Quentin Tarantino. After an initial announcement earlier this year, there has been much speculation about when, with who, and how it would happen. It has been debated whether or not Tarantino would create a whole new story or continue the “Kelvin Timeline” that the previous films followed.
Eventually, some of the cast from the last three films confirmed that they were in the know regarding the Tarantino iteration of Star Trek, which means that the film will, in fact, be a continuation of the “Kelvin Timeline.”
Tarantino is also known to make films that don’t exactly fit the bill of a family, sci-fi franchise continuation. It’s going to be an interesting collaboration, but we still have a long ways to go before we start seeing the unmistakable macabre of a Tarantino film within the Star Trek universe.
Simon Pegg, who has played Scotty in the last three films, was asked about the status of Tarantino’s upcoming project while promoting Mission: Impossible – Fallout. The actor spoke candidly about what’s to come as he said the following:
“I’ve met with S.J. [Clarkson] and she’s fizzing with ideas and she has the right attitude. She’s reverent but she’s not slavish. In terms of the story, I have a vague knowledge but it’s nothing I can talk about… Quentin’s idea is another thing. He came in to Bad Robot and pitched it and it’s been put in the bank. I think he had us in mind when he came up with the idea; he likes the new cast. But he’s going to be so busy with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that I can’t see him doing it for five or six years, by which time we might be too old anyway.”
Pegg is right in that Tarantino has his hands full filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is set to release next summer. Another thing about Quentin Tarantino movies is that they are rarely released close together so that in itself could cause a delay on a new Star Trek film for a few years, as Pegg said. Nonetheless, this does confirm that a Quentin Tarantino-helmed Star Trek film is in the pipeline, even if it’s still a bit into the distance! In the meantime, get your Star Trek fix with Star Trek: Discovery which premieres next year on CBS!