The director has already met for several hours in a writers room with The Revenant's Mark L. Smith, Godzilla vs. Kong's Lindsey Beer, Iron Man 3's Drew Pearce, and The Simpsons' Megan Amram to kick around ideas and determine who gets the job.
Now, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: Next Generation, says he wants in on the project. It now has a 93% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, despite it's 21% splatty tomato from critics, compared to a 57% from audiences for the certified-fresh Star Trek: Discovery.
Earlier this week, news broke that Pulp Fiction filmmaker Quentin Tarantino would be joining the Star Trek franchise via an idea he pitched to J.J. That's in contrast to 2013′s "Star Trek into Darkness" making $228 million, and 2009′s "Star Trek" making $256 million.
Work on the script will continue as Tarantino shoots his next film, an untitled period crime drama, and then he'll make any decision once that is complete.More news: Josh Gordon Scores First Touchdown Since December 2013
In the more than five decades since the original series premiered, "Star Trek" movies and TV shows have been a decidedly family friendly affair. "So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it".
"The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame, it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does", he said. "So yes, he would be my first choice".
Movie studios typically see R ratings as a drag on ticket sales because they exclude teenagers, which is why movies in tent pole franchises like "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" are nearly universally rated PG or PG-13.
Despite our disbelief, a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie is really happening.