Simon Pegg Suggests Tarantino’s STAR TREK Could Be Five or Six Years Away

This one's feeling less likely by the minute, gang.

Ever since the concept of "Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek" came along, we've been increasingly skeptical that such a film might actually happen, for all kinds of reasons. Make no mistake - we'd love to see Tarantino take on this property, it just...doesn't seem like anyone's in a rush to make it a priority.

For one thing, Paramount hired S.J. Clarkson to direct the fourth "nu-Trek" film. For another, Trek cast members (usually Simon Pegg) keep giving interviews that make the project sound less and less likely. Take this recent quote, which Pegg gave to the Edmonton Journal while promoting Mission: Impossible - Fallout (as quoted by The Playlist):

“[Tarantino] 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.”

This is an odd thing to say, for a couple reasons. For starters, why would anyone's age matter? William Shatner was making Star Trek movies well into his 60's (see also: 1994's Star Trek: Generations); as far as we know - and, admittedly, we don't know what'll happen in the fourth nu-Trek film - they can keep making movies with this cast as long as everyone's game. Right?

The other odd thing: Tarantino will be completely done with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, at latest, next August. What's with the "five or six years" thing? Either Tarantino's already got another project lined up after Hollywood that we don't know about, or he's already privately announced an intention to take some time off afterwards. Also worth noting: Quentin Tarantino says a lot of things to a lot of people, so however he's feeling about making a Star Trek movie today might not be how he feels about the concept next week, next month, or next September.

The truth is, we don't know what's going on with this situation. We only know that we are skeptical of it and fascinated by it, and we're curious to see how it all turns out. Stay tuned for further updates as they roll in. Maybe eventually we'll have something concrete to go on.