This August, Quentin Tarantino is set to deliver his sprawling, nostalgic and shocking ode to the movie industry in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The movie features a stunning ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, but already many are asking, where is Tarantino headed from there?
The answer, it turns out, lies in the stars. That's because Tarantino's long-rumoured Star Trek project may finally, finally be taking off.
In 2017, Tarantino pitched his Trek idea to Bad Robot, the production company overseen by franchise figurehead JJ Abrams. The first two movies in the rebooted franchise, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, were helmed by Abrams while the third, Star Trek Beyond, was directed by Justin Lin. And Tarantino's concept appeared to gain traction when talks surrounding a possible fourth movie fell down.
In a recent interview with Empire magazine, Tarantino says the script is ready, having been fleshed out by The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith. However, it's now waiting for his personal notes and input.
"There’s a script that exists for it now, I need to weigh in on it, but haven’t been able to do that yet," says Tarantino.
And don't expect the usual family-friendly fare either. In-keeping with the provocative auteur's usual style, he's promising a hard R-rated experience – essentially the equivalent of our 15 or 18 certificate over here. "Oh yeah! It’s an R-rated move. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated," he says.
Bones actor Karl Urban has already described Tarantino's take as "bananas" (we're assuming in an awesome way), although it's too early for specific details on character and plot. But it seems the movie is poised to go ahead – back in April Tarantino said it was "a big possibility", so keep your eyes peeled for further news.
Will we potentially see Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto) and their crew exchanging quick-fire, foul-mouthed pop culture references in the midst of a luxuriantly violent outer space battle? Tweet us @Cineworld with your thoughts on Tarantino's Star Trek movie.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is released on 14th August.