When news first broke that Quentin Tarantino is going to be making a Star Trek film, fans were both excited and confused. On the one hand, it’s freaking Tarantino dabbing his hands into an established franchise with a rich lore. It’s always exciting when an auteur or a filmmaker with a strong voice decides to tackle something absolutely geeky. Imagine David Fincher making a detective Batman movie! But on the other hand, we also wondered if Tarantino would be allowed to express his ideas and unique artistic vision when it comes to a major franchise like Star Trek. After all, Tarantino’s films are generally filled with foul language and over the top violence.
However, about a month ago, Tarantino assured fans that his Star Trek film would absolutely be rated-R. Now, the legendary director has gone even further by saying that his film will be Pulp Fiction in space. In an interview with Deadline, Tarantino said:
“I will say one thing about Star Trek that I’ve been waiting for someone to bring up. I don’t know if I’ll do it or not. I’ve got to figure it out, but Mark wrote a really cool script. I like it a lot. There’s some things I need to work on but I really, really liked it. 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 shit 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.”
And if you’re wondering why Quentin Tarantino is throwing jabs at Simon Pegg it’s because Pegg (who plays Scotty in the current JJ Abrams iteration of Star Trek) previously mentioned:
“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. He has an acute understanding of the story and he’d never do anything to tear it down. I haven’t read the treatment yet, but I might be able to in the next couple of weeks, so I’m excited about that.”