Quentin Tarantino unlikely to direct Star Trek film

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi …

Quentin Tarantino has indicated he will not direct a planned new Star Trek film.

Back in December 2017, it was revealed that the Oscar winner had pitched an idea to producer J.J. Abrams, and the two began to develop an original storyline for the sci-fi movie.

Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote epic drama The Revenant, was tasked with penning the Star Trek screenplay while Tarantino made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with the filmmaker looking to return to the movie once he had wrapped on the blockbuster.

However, the 56-year-old has now indicated that he will not be involved with the Star Trek film – though still hopes Paramount studio bosses will make it in the future.

“I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it,” he told Deadline. “It’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut.”

Tarantino had suggested last year that he would retire after making his 10th movie, which will be his next project.

Back in 2009, Abrams directed the hugely successful Star Trek reboot, featuring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Zoe Saldana, which raked in more than $385 million (£296 million) worldwide.

He also helmed the sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, four years later, which made more than $467 million (£359 million) globally.

Fast & Furious director Justin Lin was hired for the third instalment, Star Trek Beyond, in 2016, which was the lowest-grossing movie in the series, making $343 million (£263 million).

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Quentin Tarantino ‘steering away’ from Star Trek movie

Quentin Tarantino is “steering away” from his plans to make an R-rated Star Trek movie.The director has been linked to a new instalment in the sci-fi film franchise for months, after reportedly making a successful pitch for an edgier story to studio ex…

Quentin Tarantino is “steering away” from his plans to make an R-rated Star Trek movie.

The director has been linked to a new instalment in the sci-fi film franchise for months, after reportedly making a successful pitch for an edgier story to studio executives at Paramount Pictures.

Previous reports suggested a screenplay is in development, but Tarantino now claims he is moving away from the Star Trek project, for which he never entered an official deal.

“I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys (studio bosses) yet,” he told Consequence of Sound.

The last Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond, was released in 2016 and starred Chris Pine as Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.

Elsewhere, Tarantino also admitted he almost chose to hold back his latest release, the critically acclaimed Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and make it his swansong after previously vowing to step away from filmmaking after completing his tenth movie.

“In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last,” the 56-year-old said of his ninth film. “So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voila kind of statement.

“I mean, to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing (it) and went, ‘Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the tenth one?'”

Tarantino decided not to delay the project unnecessarily, and although he still plans to bow out after movie number 10, he doesn’t think his final film will be another big production like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was.

“If the idea that all the films are a boxcar and it’s all one train, they’re all telling one story. Well, this is the climax, so I can actually see now my tenth movie probably being a little smaller,” he shared.

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Noah Hawley to write and direct next Star Trek movie

Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next Star Trek film. The Lucy in the Sky director is reportedly in final talks with executives at Paramount Pictures to create the fourth instalment in the current film franchise, which stars Chris Pine …

Noah Hawley is in talks to write and direct the next Star Trek film.

The Lucy in the Sky director is reportedly in final talks with executives at Paramount Pictures to create the fourth instalment in the current film franchise, which stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively, according to Deadline.

If the deal is done, Hawley will also produce through his 26 Keys production banner alongside J.J. Abrams, who directed the first two films in the franchise – 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness – and his Bad Robot company.

Paramount executives have been developing a fourth instalment since the release of 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, which was directed by Justin Lin. S.J. Clarkson was attached to direct the movie, making her the first woman to direct a Star Trek film, but negotiations with Pine and Chris Hemsworth, who portrays his father, fell apart in summer 2018.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the contracts for the main cast – which also includes Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, and Simon Pegg – had run out and more expensive deals were on the table. The project was subsequently shelved.

Paramount bosses are also working on a separate spin-off with Quentin Tarantino, who told Empire magazine that his project would be R-rated.

“There’s a script that exists for it now. I need to weigh in on it, but I haven’t been able to do that yet,” he added.

Hawley is best known for creating and serving as showrunner on Marvel TV series Legion and crime anthology series Fargo. He made his feature directorial debut earlier this year with Lucy with the Sky, which starred Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, and Dan Stevens. He is currently producing the fourth season of Fargo, which features Chris Rock.

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George Takei open to role in Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek film

George Takei would love to reprise his role as Sulu in Quentin Tarantino’s mooted Star Trek movie – if the script meets his standards. Takei’s castmate William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek series, has alrea…

George Takei would love to reprise his role as Sulu in Quentin Tarantino’s mooted Star Trek movie – if the script meets his standards.

Takei’s castmate William Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original 1960s Star Trek series, has already indicated he’d love to return for a cameo, and Takei has now said he’d like to work with Tarantino too.

“It depends on the script,” the 82-year-old told a reporter from The Blast, but added that the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director is “a great filmmaker”.

Warming to the idea, he expressed an interest in joining the cast – but only if he fits in with the 56-year-old’s vision for the project.

“Well, it all depends,” he explained. “He is a very individualistic filmmaker, so he will decide how he envisions it, who he is gonna cast.”

Plans for an R-rated Tarantino-directed Star Trek were first revealed last year, although the director is not officially on board and a script has not been finalised.

That has not stopped Shatner issuing a plea to the director to bring him back as the original Captain Kirk.

“Quentin Tarantino said something in the paper that somebody said to me, that he loved me,” he told Reuters. “And Quentin, I love you. If you’re going to do Star Trek 50 years later, a few pounds heavier, come on. Not a problem!”

Although a new Star Trek movie would likely feature younger actors, like the reboot trilogy J.J. Abrams launched in 2009 with Chris Pine playing Kirk, there is a precedent for bringing back members of the original cast for cameos – the late Leonard Nimoy appeared as Spock in Abrams’ Star Trek and the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness.

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William Shatner wants to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek

William Shatner wants to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s possible Star Trek movie.The 56-year-old director is rumoured to be helming a new film in the sci-fi franchise, with reports claiming that studio Paramount had assembled a team of writers to work o…

William Shatner wants to appear in Quentin Tarantino’s possible Star Trek movie.

The 56-year-old director is rumoured to be helming a new film in the sci-fi franchise, with reports claiming that studio Paramount had assembled a team of writers to work on a screenplay.

Tarantino later confirmed that “a script exists” for the project, and when asked if his Star Trek movie would include profanities, Tarantino replied with an emphatic: “Oh yeah! It’s an R-rated movie. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated.”

While Tarantino has said he wants Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto to reprise their roles of Captain James T. Kirk and Spock from the recent film trilogy, Shatner – who originally played Kirk in the iconic TV series – would jump at the chance to return to the character for the Oscar winner.

“Quentin Tarantino said something in the paper that somebody said to me, that he loved me. And Quentin, I love you. If you’re going to do Star Trek 50 years later, a few pounds heavier, come on. Not a problem!” the 88-year-old joked to Reuters.

However, he did acknowledge that his age may affect what he would be able to do in the movie.

“Well, I’d like to do it. Whether I’d be up for it, I don’t know,” Shatner added.

Tarantino previously gushed about the veteran actor’s portrayal of Captain Kirk, calling it “one of the greatest performances in the history” of TV.

“I love William Shatner on Star Trek. I love his performance as James T. Kirk. That is my connection. That is my umbilical cord. It’s why I like Star Trek more than Star Wars, because William Shatner’s not in Star Wars. I think it’s one of the greatest performances in the history of episodic television,” he told Deadline.

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Simon Pegg surprised by response to weight loss picture

Simon Pegg didn’t expect his recent body transformation to cause such a commotion. The Star Trek actor hit headlines in March when his personal trainer Nick Lower posted a picture on Instagram showing his appearance after six months of training and die…

Simon Pegg didn’t expect his recent body transformation to cause such a commotion.

The Star Trek actor hit headlines in March when his personal trainer Nick Lower posted a picture on Instagram showing his appearance after six months of training and dieting to play a hostage victim in upcoming indie thriller Inheritance. The image depicted a topless Simon looking noticeably thinner and leaner and sporting a new six-pack.

The British star has now admitted to British GQ magazine that he had no idea the picture would become such a big deal.

“The response from that picture was so weird,” he said. “Some people said, ‘You look ill,’ which is what my wife thought. Others were saying, ‘Well done.’ And the thing is, it wasn’t meant to be an aspirational thing. It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn’t expect the furore that followed. All I can think of is that people still think of me as that schlubby guy from Shaun of the Dead.”

To prepare for the role, Simon spent six months doing strength work, circuit training, core exercises and daily 10 kilometre runs. He eventually lost 20 pounds (nine kilograms) and cut his body fat from 12 to eight per cent.

As a result, the 49-year-old has found himself “probably addicted to training” now that filming is over, as he feels “out of sorts” if he doesn’t do a form of exercise every day.

“You release so many endorphins every day (when training) that when you stop what you get is an endorphin deficit and that makes you feel a little bit down,” he explained. “So, doing all that training, then doing the movie and then going back to eating pies again actually made me feel a little bit low afterwards. Losing that focus and that goal-orientated training was quite tough.”

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Chris Pine remembers ‘courageous’ Anton Yelchin

Chris Pine has remembered his “courageous” friend and Star Trek co-star Anton Yelchin, sharing his sadness over the actor’s untimely death as he introduced a new documentary focused on the late star’s short life. The 27-year-old actor was crushed by h…

Chris Pine has remembered his “courageous” friend and Star Trek co-star Anton Yelchin, sharing his sadness over the actor’s untimely death as he introduced a new documentary focused on the late star’s short life.

The 27-year-old actor was crushed by his Jeep at his home in Los Angeles in June 2016.

Pine introduced footage from touching new film Love, Antosha, directed by Garret Price, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery – where Yelchin is buried – ahead of a special screening of Star Trek commemorating the 10th anniversary of the sci-fi film’s debut.

“Obviously we’re here for Anton; he was one of my dear friends and I felt like I was only getting a chance to know him a better one when he passed,” the 38-year-old told the crowd.

“The film is incredible and I think it’ll show you all different sides of the guy that I knew – this curious, fascinating, complex, strange little dude.”

The actor, who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek reboot saga, went on to reveal how he and his castmates – including Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto – treated Yelchin like a little brother.

“We saw him grow up and continue to get stranger, more curious – (about) music and literature and photography. You’ll see all that in here,” Pine said of the documentary.

“I think it’s a great legacy for whom I had a tremendous amount of respect and for this courageous young man who just had zero fear and boundless, endless positivity and, an energy for life.”

Pine later told Variety that it was “really difficult” to sit down for Price’s documentary and talk about his late friend, because he’d never lost someone who was that close to him before.

“It was doubly difficult, but also joyous in the sense that I got to remember and talk about a guy that I really liked and was interested by, and every time I got a chance to hang out with him, always showed us a strange new side of himself that made us laugh,” he candidly shared.

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Chris Pine took style cues from cinema greats in new TV series

Chris Pine’s look in mini-series I Am the Night was inspired by cinematic heavyweights Paul Newman, James Dean, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.The Star Trek actor stars in the Patty Jenkins-produced TV show alongside India Eisley. It’s based on Fauna…

Chris Pine’s look in mini-series I Am the Night was inspired by cinematic heavyweights Paul Newman, James Dean, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.

The Star Trek actor stars in the Patty Jenkins-produced TV show alongside India Eisley. It’s based on Fauna Hodel’s memoir, One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel, which details her unusual beginnings and the connection to her grandfather, George Hodel, a prime suspect in the infamous Black Dahlia murder mystery.

Talking about the clothes used in the ’50s-set drama, costume designer Rhona Meyers shared some of the key influences behind Chris’ look.

“With the actors, it all happens in the fitting,” she told Variety. “India’s tiny, so we needed to go a little bit smaller. Chris’ character was based on James Dean, Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen – all of the outsiders. So there were some photos of Paul Newman with super short pants and tennis shoes, and he wanted to keep that as his look the whole way through, so we did that.

“The actors have a lot of say because basically my job is to make them feel comfortable in the skin of the characters they’re taking on.”

Patty also had a big input. I Am the Night marks the latest project the Wonder Woman director and Rhona have worked on together, after collaborating on TV movie Exposed and the Oscar-winning Monster.

“It’s always collaborative, not only with the director but also with the actors, but I’ve worked with Patty a couple of times, and we have a bond,” she smiled. “She always has big ideas and we piece it out together.

“Originally Patty had some outfits she wanted like in the later ’50s when they had bolero matching with the big, full skirts, but it ended up looking too sophisticated. It’s always a work in progress, and we’re always changing as we’re going.”

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Zoe Saldana to star in artist husband’s directorial debut

Zoe Saldana is to lead the cast of her artist husband Marco Perego’s feature film directorial debut.The Guardians of the Galaxy star has signed on for Keyhole Garden, about a man and woman whose romance is tested by “the divisiveness of life on America…

Zoe Saldana is to lead the cast of her artist husband Marco Perego’s feature film directorial debut.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star has signed on for Keyhole Garden, about a man and woman whose romance is tested by “the divisiveness of life on America’s southern border,” reports Variety.

The story will be told through three separate but connected narratives; a boy trying to save his undocumented friend from deportation, an immigration agent unintentionally dooming an ex, and a drug trafficker embarking on his final mission.

Perego co-wrote the script with Rick Rapoza and will also serve as a producer on the project. Production is set to begin in August.

Although Keyhole Garden marks Perego’s first time behind the camera, he has had some experience when it comes to producing. He worked on soccer documentary Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story, and also co-produced short drama Me + Her.

And it seems he now has a taste for Hollywood, with his second directing job already lined up. The 40-year-old will direct and co-write upcoming short Burn to Shine.

Meanwhile, Saldana has her plate full with the next four Avatar instalments, which are currently in the post-production stage. The 40-year-old was last seen as Na’vi princess Neytiri in James Cameron’s box office breaking Avatar in 2009.

It’s also thought she’ll be back as Lieutenant Uhura in the next Star Trek film.

Saldana and Perego wed in 2013 and are parents to three sons; twins Cy and Bowie, four, and two-year-old Zen.

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Zachary Quinto: ‘Shoes should make you feel grounded’

Zachary Quinto uses shoes to feel connected to the ground beneath his feet.Star Trek actor Zachary will often get suited and booted for promotional duties, but away from work, the 41-year-old can normally be found in a pair of ACNE jeans and sneakers.T…

Zachary Quinto uses shoes to feel connected to the ground beneath his feet.

Star Trek actor Zachary will often get suited and booted for promotional duties, but away from work, the 41-year-old can normally be found in a pair of ACNE jeans and sneakers.

Talking to GQ America about his footwear habits, Zachary admits he thinks long and hard before making a shoe purchase.

“I could talk about shoes all day,” he began. “You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear: The fit, and the way they match with their outfit. And for me, personally, my connection to the ground is important. Being grounded, and moving through the world with the Earth under me. I definitely want shoes that make me feel connected, and like I’m in my body. And that’s where it all begins – at your feet. Shoes are really important to me for that reason.”

Among his favourite sneakers are pairs from New Balance, Converse Chuck Taylors and the Adidas Stan Smith design.

As for evening shoes, he has a pair of Dior Oxfords that he got resoled after wearing them out, and some Comme des Garcons shoes, which he also recently got repaired.

“If they look good and make me feel comfortable, I generally will keep them,” he commented.

As for what socks he pairs with his footwear, Zachary doesn’t generally bother with designer items.

“My boyfriend (Miles McMillan) and I just have a communal sock drawer, and it’s pretty full. I’ll throw on a coloured sock, but I get socks from wherever, you know what I mean? I’ll go to UNIQLO, or H&M, or Paul Smith. I’m not, like, a sock snob,” he laughed. “I am a person who wears socks. But I’m not an aficionado.”

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