The Star Trek movie franchise is in an interesting place right now. Star Trek 4, the planned sequel to 2016’s Beyond, recently hit a significant snag when negotiations broke down with both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth. However, it sounds like Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project is still going strong (even if it’s still years away from happening) and Karl Urban recently spoke about the the project, calling it, in a word, “bananas.”
Speaking at Trekonderoga, here’s what Urban had to say about Tarantino’s Star Trek:
“Quentin Tarantino went in to [producer] J.J. [Abrams]’s offices and pitched him an idea for a Star Trek movie. I know a little bit about what that is, and it’s bananas. So, the are writing that as well. He is currently making am film with Brad Pitt and [Leonardo] DiCaprio [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood]. So, it is going to be a year away from finishing that. so, it would be really rad to get to make a film with him. That would be a dream come true, he is definitely an auteur. Whether you like his films or not, he is a good filmmaker. And he makes interesting stuff. So, to me, that is when you get the best results.”
Urban also confirmed that the Tarantino project will be using the Kelvin universe cast, though it’s unclear whether Chris Pine or Chris Hemsworth will be involved. He also said he’d be fine if Tarantino’s film moves forward instead of Star Trek 4, which says a lot about Urban’s faith in Tarantino’s vision. “I think that Tarantino would be able to do something unique,” Urban said. “So, fingers crossed that will happen. It is in the hands of Paramount. If we don’t get to make [Star Trek 4] next year with Chris Hemsworth, then that’s ok, let’s make a really good Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. You will have to wait longer, but it will be well worth it.”
Urban finished up by touching upon reports that the Tarantino project will be R-rated, stressing that this doesn’t mean the script will be filled with vulgarity like many of the director’s other films. Instead, the actor argues that the R-rating will allow Tarantino to better explore the horrors of space.
“You shouldn’t worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff. He wants an R-rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it’s not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first. It allows some breadth … gives him some leeway to do that. To me, that was always one of the things I loved about what DeForest Kelly did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid.”
As for Star Trek 4, there’s still no word on when that might come out but of course, Paramount needs to figure out what they’re doing with that project first. We very well could see Tarantino’s Star Trek film earlier but with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood set for release next summer, 2020 is probably the earliest we’ll see either of these.