Quentin Tarantino has declared that he is retiring from the movie biz. The acclaimed mastermind behind ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Inglorious Basterds’ and ‘Django Unchained’ says he only has two films left in him, then he will step aside. Could one of those two flicks possibly be a ‘Star Trek’ installment? “It would be worth having a meeting about,” he stated when ambushed by a TMZ camera crew.
You can see this brief exchange below:
In all the films they’ve established it so much, that you need Uhura, you need a Scotty, you need Bones, you need all that stuff going on all the time — everybody has to be represented in some big story where they all have to deal. Where I actually think it could be cool — ’cause some of those episodes are fantastic, and the only thing that limited them was their sixties budget and eight days shooting schedule, and even having said that they did a magnificent job — but you could take some of the great, classic Star Trek episodes and just easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some really amazing, amazing stuff.
He specifically mentioned the episode ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’, in which the crew is transported to 1930s America.
It seems that like many, Tarantino is put off by the large ensemble cast of the current franchise and the necessity to give everyone something to do in the overall narrative. He’d rather focus on a few select characters. In the case of ‘The City on the Edge of Forever’ that would be Kirk and Spock.
The current film series is faltering, seeing diminishing returns on each installment. Maybe it is time for Paramount to take a new approach. At any rate, it is believed that a fourth ‘Trek’ is in development. At one point, there were plans to include Chris Hemsworth who played Kirk’s father George in the first movie. Of course his character was killed, so it remains to be seen how he would be integrated into the sequel. It’s currently unknown if this plan is still in place, however, or if a new script idea is in the works following the lackluster performance of ‘Star Trek Beyond’.
What do you think? Do you think the current ‘Trek’ series is fine the way it is? Or would you rather see a more focused film that only spotlighted a few characters? Do you think Tarantino would be a good fit for this franchise?