It was always unlikely that Quentin Tarantino would make his take on Star Trek his tenth and final film, and now it's official, he won't be helming the untitled sequel for Paramount. Back in 2017, Quentin Tarantino pitched a Star Trek movie to J.J Abrams, and Paramount was keen to move forward with it as soon as possible. However, Tarantino isn't well-known for rushing into directing projects, and movement on the film as been slow with only slithers of details emerging every so often. While QT confirmed he's had no recent meetings with Paramount to discuss his potential involvement, he did reveal that he's "steering away from ‘Star Trek."
The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith is still attached to put the script together, which is still in active development. However, Paramount recently hired Noah Hawley (Fargo, Legion) to write and direct the fourth installment of the rebooted franchise led by Chris Pine. It is believed (but unconfirmed) that the story won't be the long-mooted time travel shenanigans that would have brought Chris Hemsworth back as Kirk's father. While it remains unclear which project will hit cinemas first, I think Hawley's will be the priority as locking down the ensemble cast won't be an easy task.
As Star Trek is off the table as Tarantino's potential swansong from directing feature films, it leaves a big question mark over what the acclaimed filmmaker will make next. Speaking to Consequence of Sound, QT isn't too sure himself, but after his work on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, there's less pressure to make something that serves as the culmination of his career.
“In a strange way, it seems like [‘Hollywood’] would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, ‘Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?’ No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it…But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue.”
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download.