Karl Urban was the talk of Trekonderoga last weekend, with much to say about the Star Trek 4, Quentin Tarantino’s follow up Star Trek movie, and the Dredd spinoff series, Mega-City One.  As you would recall if you’ve been following recent Star Trek news, Star Trek 4 ran into some issues when a pay dispute arose regarding Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine. Regardless, Urban seems to feel confident that the salary dispute with Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth will be resolved and Star Trek 4 will move forward. What’s really interesting here is what Urban had to say about Tarantino’s upcoming Star Trek installment, which is obviously an endeavor that has left most of us puzzled as to what to expect considering Tarantino’s filmography.

Firstly, Urban revealed to the crowd that he does, in fact, know a little bit about the Tarantino Trek:

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 Urban was asked about what he thought Tarantino brought to the Star Trek franchise, he subsequently confirmed that the cast of the Kelvin timeline -in which urban has spent nearly the last decade being a part of- would be used for Tarantino installment. Whether that means that the film itself would take part within the timeline, or Quentin and Abrams would just use the cast that most are familiar with and fond of, is still something to be seen. Chances are that with both Abrams and the Kelvin cast involved it would be:

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.

However, that would probably change if the pay dispute for Star Trek 4 didn’t get resolved, and even though Urban expressed confidence that Star Trek 4 project will move forward, he also said:

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.

One of the biggest concerns that fans have been wanting to be addressed is the reason behind Tarantino’s previously reported desire to have his Trek film granted an R-rating. Rightfully so, as any Star Trek fan could tell you that the typical vulgarity of a Tarantino film simply wouldn’t make sense. Thankfully, however, Urban assured us that flip side theory would be the primary objective of the film:

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.

It’s clear now that there is a vision for this film which sticks to the Star Trek core, but also offers something not so cookie cutter in a franchise that’s been expanded on almost as large as the original Star Wars EU.  Fresh is always good and most fans are in agreeance with this as Trek has always been about as eclectic as you can get. Hoepfully the few worries we may have had have been put to rest with this new insight, but for those still unconvinced, make sure you let us know about it in the comments so that we can discuss. Don’t forget to Subscribe by Email as well to stay up to date with any further revelations going forward.

Source: TrekMovie

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