As excited as we still are for the possibility of a Quintien Tarantino Star Trek film, the mere mention of Mission: Impossible helmer Christopher McQuarrie wanting to toss his phaser into the galactic ring is the stuff of Q-induced fever dreams.
McQuarrie said at Collider's screening of Mission: Impossible – Fallout:
"I feel like Star Trek is kind of… it's gone away from what the tenets of the series were about, which was kind of the hope and the promise and the science. It's simple math, you know what you have to do with Star Trek?You have to make Star Trek for a domestic audience. Star Trek does better domestically than it does internationally, so I would come to Star Trek, and go, 'Realistically, how much money should I make this Star Trek movie for?' And you'd give me a budget, and I'd go off and make the movie. That's what I would do. You look at any movie like that, if you just be honest with yourself about the economics, it's just a very real part of doing that."
And, more recently, McQuarrie spoke to Forbes about loving the franchise, but being too busy to really think about it recently:
Star Trek is another one of those doors I mentioned, if that door opened I would gladly go through it," McQuarrie said. "I am a huge fan of Star Trek. I grew up on Star Trek, The Wrath of Khan is one of my favorite movies of all time, but we haven't really talked about it because we've been so busy with the work in front of us. We went from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation right into Fallout so we were working on those back to back and there was Jack Reacher in there as well. I've never really formalized any of these relationships; Tom and I never really have any kind of formalized partnership. We just keep talking about movies and then eventually make them."
Maybe this means that McQuarrie should start a conversation with his buddy JJ Abrams about maybe joining the Federation again.