Star Trek co-star Simon Pegg doesn’t think Quentin Tarantino will get around to directing the next adventure. After the box-office failure of 2003’s Star Trek: Nemesis, it became clear the movie series needed a reinvention. It took a further 6 years for J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot to arrive, with the director using a time-travel plot device to take the crew of the original series and set them off on adventures in an alternate timeline. The movie had great casting and managed to get audiences excited about the series again.
While the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness was a financial success, it received backlash for its weak story and for pointlessly trying to hide Benedict Cumberbatch was really playing iconic villain Khan. When Abrams departed to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Justin Lin took over the director’s chair for Star Trek Beyond. Simon Pegg co-wrote the entry’s script with Doug Jung, with the movie being released to coincide with the franchise’s 50th anniversary. While Beyond drew strong reviews, it proved to be a box office disappointment. Some believe this was partly down to viewer disappointment with Into Darkness, while Pegg recently cited the film’s lackluster marketing.
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Pegg opened up about all things Star Trek with his recent appearance on the podcast Happy Sad Confused, clarifying his feeling’s about Beyond’s marketing, and his thoughts on Tarantino potentially directing the next movie:
It was a big year for ‘Star Trek’ and it felt like that was not ever embraced. I think sometimes people get scared of the ‘Star Trek’ fanbase as being a kind of closed shop and if we were to mention ‘Star Trek’ in some way it would somehow turn all the other people who hadn’t seen ‘Star Trek’ off. I dunno, it just felt like an odd thing to do. I think the person responsible for that [campaign] is not there anymore.
Fans were somewhat shocked to learn Tarantino had pitched a Star Trek movie last year, and was being lined up to direct a script based on his concept. The filmmaker is set to tackle the sequel after his ninth movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, but with his much-touted plan to retire after ten movies, Pegg has his doubts Star Trek will be the one he ends on:
I don’t think Quentin is going to direct it. Because he’s got in his California movie [‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’] to do and then I think only doing one more film after that. And I doubt, I don’t think he could get around to directing a Star Trek in two-three years.
Tarantino has mentioned in past interviews that he would love to make an epic time-travel Star Trek adventure like the Original Series episode “The City On The Edge Of Forever”. Part of the appeal of a Tarantino Star Trek movie is seeing how the filmmaker would fare with a franchise project. The director has never helmed something that wasn’t based on his own script, and he would no doubt bring a unique voice to it.
That said, Pegg makes a solid case when he casts doubt on Tarantino actually signing on. The proposed Star Trek sequel would be his tenth movie, so unless he extends his self-imposed directing limit, it seems more likely that he will step aside and choose to write something original for his final movie. At the same time, Tarantino himself has said that for Star Trek, he would direct an extra movie, so best to not rule out anything just yet.
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Source: Happy Sad Confused