A few weeks ago, word came down that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams were joining forces for a brand-new Star Trek, one based on an original story idea from Tarantino himself. At the time, the rumor was that Tarantino wouldn't write the script - that job would fall to one of several other writers - but that he was determined to direct. Shortly after this news broke, we learned that Paramount had given Tarantino the go-ahead to make the film R-rated.
All along the way, we could not believe this was actually happening.
And now there's a new development: according to Deadline, The Revenant's Mark L. Smith will write Tarantino's Star Trek. Furthermore, they're saying Tarantino's still onboard to direct, and will co-produce the film alongside Abrams. Sooner or later we're going to have to accept that this is a real thing that's really going to happen, and I suppose now's as good a time as any.
At this point, there's still no telling what Tarantino's Star Trek will be about (our own Andrew Todd offered up his own theory here, and we still like where his head's at), but word on the street is that Smith will be hammering this one out while Tarantino knocks out his next film, an as-yet-untitled late '60s period piece (somewhat) centered around the Manson Family murders. In the meantime, we'll be keeping our ear to the ground for updates on this one.