The Star Trek cinematic universe has more than one voyage planned for the near-future because the script for Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Trek film isn’t the only one being worked on. In an interview published over the weekend from Entertainment Tonight Canada, Spock actor Zachary Quinto confirmed that there are perhaps up to three Star Trek films currently in the works.
Back in December, Paramount Pictures confirmed that director Quentin Tarantino would helm a new Star Trek movie, which left the fate of J. J. Abrams’s Trek franchise hanging in the balance. Most assumed that meant Simon Pegg’s work on the franchise would’ve abandoned. But this new Zachary Quinto interview seemingly confirms that multiple movies are in development with a mysterious third script in the running: “All of us are really excited about the idea of working with Quentin on a Trek film,” Quinto said, “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.”
If what Quinto says is indeed true, then who’s writing that third script? Would all three stories take place in the same universe? And what order would they be released in? That is, assuming all three go on to see the light of day.
Previous rumors about Pegg’s script for a Beyond sequel said the film would bring back Chris Hemsworth as Kirk’s father using some kind of time travel shenanigans. If that were indeed the case — and the film somehow resets the timeline before the Tarantino’s movie — then it would make an almost comical amount of sense for characters to suddenly set their phasers to murder so they could start blowing people’s heads off Kill Bill-style.
For all we know, two of these scripts could get scrapped or none of them could pan out. But as of right now, reason tells us that Paramount’s focusing on Tarantino’s project more than the others.
We’re still light-years away from a release date for any of these movies, with Star Trek vets like Jonathan Frakes, who played William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, skeptical that Tarantino’s film would ever happen. So we’ll have to wait and see.