After Star Trek Beyond underperformed in the box office, the status of the next Trek movie was suddenly put on hold—that is, until news came out that Quentin Tarantino was developing a Trek movie with J.J. Abrams. Though some may be interested to see what Tarantino could bring to Trek, Simon Pegg believes that he won’t be directing the project that he’s helping develop.
Talking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Pegg explains:
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.
Pegg was the one who helped write the script for Beyond and he blames the marketing team for the film’s poor reception at the box office. It all boils down to some genius who thought that a Trek trailer should have Sabotage by the Beastie Boys in it. Pegg goes on:
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.
Just for kicks, here’s the trailer:
Though I would definitely want to see how a Trek film would go with Tarantino at the helm, I guess it wouldn’t go like some people would expect it to. I haven’t really pegged Tarantino to be into big-budget special effects movies, but I would love to hear the dialogue he writes come out of characters like Kirk and Spock.
Star Trek 4 has not been officially announced.