There is a lot of Star Trek out there right now. Between two different television shows and up to completely different movies in the works, there is a lot of material on the table for fans to sink their teeth into. The movies, however, have had some problems as salary negotiations for Star Trek 4 fell through. Star Karl Urban believes that the dispute will be solved, but he also thinks the other Star Trek movie in the works could happen. Urban spoke to the crowd at Trekonderoga Convention (via Trek Movie) last weekend and explained what he knows about the Star Trek movie Quentin Tarantino has in mind.
Quentin Tarantino went in to [producer] J.J. [Abrams]'s offices and pitched him an idea for a Star Trek movie. I know a little bit about what that is, and it's bananas. So, they are writing that as well. He is currently making a film with Brad Pitt and and [Leonardo] DiCaprio [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood]. So, it is going to be a year away from finishing that. So, it would be really rad to get to make a film with him. That would be a dream come true, he is definitely an auteur. Whether you like his films or not, he is a good filmmaker. And he makes interesting stuff. So, to me, that is when you get the best results.
When the Tarantino Star Trek was announced fans wondered if this was going to be a different cast from the Kelvin crew or the same cast. Urban says that, as far as he knows, Tarantino wants to work with the Kelvin crew.
I was personally delighted he was not only a Star Trek fan, but also interested in working with our cast. It's not only a new story, but he is just one of those filmmakers that has a very unique and specific vision. And he totally utilizes the camera to tell the story. I think he would make a great Star Trek movie, I really do.
Urban says that he would really like to see this movie get made because it'll be something unique compared to Star Trek 4, but the wait would be a lot longer.
I think that Tarantino would be able to do something quite unique. So, fingers crossed that will happen. It is in the hands of Paramount. If we don't get to make [Star Trek 4] next year with Chris Hemsworth, then that's ok, let's make a really good Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. You will have to wait longer, but it will be well worth it.
Finally, Urban went on to talk about the R-rating that Tarantino would push for should this movie and all of the new directions they could go with that rating.
You shouldn't worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff. He wants an R-rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it's not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first…It allows some some breadth…gives him some leeway to do that. To me, that was always one of the things I loved about what DeForest Kelley did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid.
The guy who plays Bones saying that he would like to see a director capturing the horrors of space is fascinating to me — and also more than a little hilarious. The Star Trek movies going in a very different direction when it comes to tone or even genre is the type of thing that could really give the series another set of legs. Or maybe even more longevity than it already has.