What would an R-rated “Star Trek” movie directed by Quentin Tarantino look like?
We may find out someday soon: The director of “Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Inglorious Basterds” and other violence-laced neo-noir films is reportedly working with “Revenant” screenwriter Mark L. Smith and producer J.J. Abrams on a harder-edged version of the Starship Enterprise’s saga.
Nerdist has already put together a must-see video trailer for a Tarantino-tinged Trek, titled “Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek: Voyage to Vengeance.”
The clip artfully stitches together snippets from the original “Star Trek” series, going heavy on the fisticuffs, machine guns, whips and a trashy drive-in vibe.
“There’s just one thing I want,” Captain Kirk intones, as only William Shatner could.
“Revenge, Captain?” says Spock (as embodied by the late, great Leonard Nimoy).
“Why not?” Kirk answers, followed by the blast of phasers and the twang of guitars.
Back in our real-world galaxy, actor-director Kevin Smith talked about the Tarantino maneuver with John Cho, who plays Sulu in the new-generation Star Trek movie series, in a video interview for IMDB.com.
“This proposition excites me as a fan, but as somebody who’s in the Star Trek universe, how does it hit you?” Smith asked Cho.
Cho said he had no firsthand knowledge about what’s in the works, “but having said that, the idea is very exciting to me, because I’m a big fan of Quentin’s.”
Just one question, Quentin: Is there a part for Jeff Bezos?