In what has to be the must astonishing piece of news we've seen since, uh, the fifteen other crazy things that happened today, Deadline has just revealed that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams are now collaborating on a new Star Trek film for Paramount. What's more - Tarantino might even direct.
Here's what Deadline's saying:
"Sources said that Tarantino has come up with a great idea for a Star Trek movie at Paramount. After sharing his idea with JJ Abrams (who himself is busy prepping Star Wars Episode IX), I’ve heard the plan is to assemble a writers room of scribes who’ll hear Tarantino’s take and begin to put together a movie. If it all works out, Tarantino might direct it, with Abrams producing."
Tarantino's gone on record with his love of this franchise before, so it's not entirely shocking to learn the director might have a Star Trek story up his sleeve worth telling. But that he'd be collaborating with a writer's room on the project seems unthinkable. That he might round out his (allegedly) ten-film career with a big, studio tentpole seems insane. This entire thing reads like an ill-advised April Fool's Day post, and yet it appears to be the real deal.
What do you make of this? Are you into it? Not so much? Do you think the entire cast of Abrams' rebooted Star Trek franchise will be coming aboard for this, or do you think Tarantino would recast from the ground up and make this a one-off thing? Give us everything you got in the comments below. We'll be over here absorbing in the meantime.
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