Quentin Tarantino says his 'Star Trek' movie would be 'Pulp Fiction in space'

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Quentin Tarantino (Credit: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Those who tamped down the online furore over Quentin Tarantino potentially making a Star Trek movie by saying 'it won't be Pulp Fiction in space' appear to be entirely wrong.

The director has said that his take on Star Trek would be exactly that, and even called out a British star with connections to the franchise for not knowing what he's talking about.

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Speaking to Deadline on the subject, he said: “I get annoyed at Simon Pegg. He doesn’t know anything about what’s going on and he keeps making all these comments as if he knows about stuff.

“One of the comments he said, he’s like 'Well, look, it’s not going to be Pulp Fiction in space.” Yes, it is! [laughs hard]. If I do it, that’s exactly what it’ll be. It’ll be Pulp Fiction in space.

“That Pulp Fiction-y aspect, when I read the script, I felt, I have never read a science fiction movie that has this sh*t in it, ever.

“There’s no science fiction movie that has this in it. And they said, I know, that’s why we want to make it. It’s, at the very least, unique in that regard.”

Tarantino added that 'there is a gangster element to what we’re doing with the Star Trek thing that works out pretty good'.

Simon Pegg (Credit: John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx)

Just to recap on what Pegg, who played Scotty in the rebooted Star Trek movies, said for a moment, he told Coming Soon last year: "Everyone sort of assumes it's gonna be like Pulp Fiction in space, but I think his devotion to Trek and his understanding of it... It won't be ordinary, it'll have him all over it, but it won't be anything a Star Trek fan will have to worry about."

Tarantino is on the cusp of releasing his ninth movie, the star-laden Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, but he's previously said that he plans to retire after 10 movies.

This would mean that if he takes on the Star Trek project, that it will be last film.

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He doubled down on this in an interview with Cinemablend this week, saying that if his tenth movie is a Star Trek movie, the so be it.

“The idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], 'Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek…but naturally, I would end on an original,” he said.

“But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left-handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.”

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood hits screens in the UK on August 16.