On December 21, Deadline announced that Paramount Pictures had hired screenwriter Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) to write a script based on a concept for a Star Trek story by idiosyncratic American auteur, Quentin Tarantino.
The choice comes less than a month after a writer’s room consisting of Smith, Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), Lindsey Beer (the upcoming Barbie film), and Megan Amram (Parks and Recreation) was put together by Paramount and Trek‘s film franchise producer, J.J. Abrams, to flesh out Tarantino’s pitch for the property.
Smith’s selection has some commentators, such as this blogger at comicbook.com, scratching their heads as:
“Smith, who penned the script for The Revenant, may seem like an odd choice for Tarantino. The director is well-known for the incredible amount of dialogue he puts in his films. Smith’s Revenant script used very little dialogue to tell its story.”
However, as Deadline noted, Smith was flagged as an early front-runner, perhaps in light of his work on the upcoming Abram’s produced, Paramount pic Overlord, a horror film set in World War II and theorized to be part of the Cloverfield continuum.