Tarantino: New Star Trek Movie

Mark Smith, best known for writing DiCaprio’s Oscar winning role, The Revenant, is joining the Star Trek film  thatTarantino is developing with producer J.J. Abrams.

Rumors began when Tarantino had shared a pitch for a Star Trek film with Abrams, and the two had agreed to bring together writers to develop the film at Paramount, with Tarantino in the director’s chair.

The idea of a Tarantino-helmed Star Trek comes nearly a decade after Abrams revitalized the franchise for the big screen with his 2009 reboot Star Trek, and followed it up with 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. The most recent outing, Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond (2016), got strong reviews but earned the least in the rebooted film series with just $343.4 million worldwide.

“The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule,” he said. “You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.”

Tarantino considers Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s “Yesterday’s Enterprise” as one of the best Star Trek episodes.