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Quentin Tarantino attends the closing ceremony of The Specials at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival.
Director Quentin Tarantino worked with J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures for several years on Star Trek. It has been said for some time that Tarantino’s film is Star Trek 4, the sequel to Star Trek 2016: Next. However, it soon became clear that Tarantino was working on a very different Star Trek film.
Like Star Trek 4, the Tarantino project has been in development for some time. From time to time rumors circulate that it has been cancelled or is being redeveloped. However, there seem to be no concrete answers.
Here you can see where the project has been and where it is now.
2017: Abrams and Tarantino Discussion options
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In December 2017, Deadline reported that Tarantino had met with Abrams to discuss the future of the Star Trek films. The publication wrote that Tarantino wanted to take the Star Trek franchise into uncharted territory, which would require an R rating instead of a PG-13. According to the publication, both Abrams and Paramount have agreed.
The plan was to run the script while Tarantino worked on other projects already in development. Tarantino had to direct when he was ready to shoot.
2018: Tarantino’s Star Trek is not Star Trek 4.
So, for those asking, yes, the QT STAR TREK movie that still takes place after this last movie will be separated from the world of Pine and will essentially be able to relaunch a new series of movies.
– Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) April 26, 2018
When Tarantino and Abrams met a year earlier to talk about Star Trek, it was assumed they were discussing the film Abrams announced in 2016. However, in 2018, multiple sources confirmed that Tarantino’s film was separate from the planned sequel Beyond.
In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Paramount is developing two different Star Trek movies – Abrams’ fourth film and Tarantino’s project. They also said their sources said Tarantino’s film was in a different timeline, meaning it could usher in another reboot.
Later that month, Justin Kroll, Deadline’s senior journalist, tweeted that Tarantino’s films would be independent of Calvin’s timeline and not a continuation of the Abrams story.
2019: Tarantino talked a lot about his project.
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During an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast in July 2019, Tarantino announced that his film would be about Chris Pine.
However, he went on to say that he didn’t really understand the timeline that Abrams created in his films or why it destroyed the previous timeline. Claiming that Abrams doesn’t understand himself, Tarantino said he had the right to do what he wanted with his film.
The director goes on to say that his interest in the Star Trek universe is focused on Kirk. As a kid he loved Shatner as Kirk, and in the new movies he loved Pine as Kirk. So he wanted a chance to create Kirk’s story. In a brief comment, he suggested that the story could be a sequel to the events of Star Trek: The original series. He didn’t mention how it would work with the timeline Abrams had laid out.
So Tarantino essentially agreed to build a story with actors from Calvin’s time, but did not confirm that it would actually take place in Calvin’s time.
In late 2019, rumors circulated that Tarantino was leaving the Star Trek project. When Deadline asked for comment, Tarantino was vague. He said he could go on, but nothing was certain.
2020: Tarantino has passed
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A little over a month later, Tarantino seemed more certain of his decision. After winning the 2020 Academy Awards, Tarantino spoke to Deadline about the future of his career.
His involvement in the Star Trek project has also surfaced. The director said the studio can go ahead with the film, but won’t make it. He said he was open to consultation.
2021: Is Project Tarantino dead?
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The latest rumor about the facade of Star Trek movies, from Cord Cutter’s News, says that Paramount is still actively pursuing the Tarantino project.
However, the studio has not confirmed that it will go ahead with any of the Star Trek films. The Tarantino project and Star Trek 4 now appear to be on hold indefinitely.
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