When Star Trek Beyond came out, much praise was directed towards Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, the writers of that film. Instead of being too similar to the originals (which the previous two movies were complained of), it chose to have a fresh new story with interesting new characters. That was a major relief. And then, news broke out that Quentin Tarantino, of all people, was in talks to write (and maybe direct) a Star Trek movie! Isn’t that great?
The future of the franchise has since been under doubt, considering no official word has been spoken by the studio since. However, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada, the new Spock himself, Zachary Quinto revealed that not one, not two, but THREE Star Trek scripts are in the works. Here’s the official quote :
“First of all, I think there’s a couple of scripts. Because there was a script being written before Quentin Tarantino came up with his idea for a potential film. And so I think they are kind of developing more than one. So I don’t know what is going to happen. Quentin is off doing another movie. So, I feel like we are in a state of anticipation. All of us are really excited about the idea of working with Quentin on a Trek film, but I know Simon Pegg and Doug Jung, who wrote the last film, are writing a script and there are another set of writers writing a script. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The key here is that another set of mystery writers are working on a (presumably) new project. What could that movie be? A future sequel? A spinoff? Who knows. It could be that these writers also played a part in bringing Star Trek Discovery to the small screen, in the form of a Netflix show (at least internationally). We’ll have to wait and see.
Star Trek Beyond was, by all means, an okay movie. No, I’m not saying it was bad. The two films, however, were pretty good. They managed to pique my curiosity for the franchise, having never seen the originals (don’t judge me). And much of that is a credit to the writers. However, they were pretty similar to the aforementioned originals. Beyond at the very least, had some originality. Which is what makes me excited about this development.
Only time will tell how the future of the series pans out, but I for one am very excited. Especially about the Tarantino-backed project. Aren’t you?