The Tarantino Star Trek films is looking less likely to happen.

Earlier this week, writer and director Noah Hawley revealed he was about to get down to work on putting together the next Star Trek film for Paramount. It’s been four years and counting since Star Trek Beyond made it to cinemas, and it finally looks as though a fresh movie is on the way.

However, the headlines where the movie franchise is concerned have been pretty much dominated by the interest shown by Quentin Tarantino in developing a parallel, standalone R-rated Star Trek movie. Paramount was certainly interested too. Tarantino came up with a story, and the studio hired Mark L Smith to pen a screenplay based on it. The idea was then that Tarantino would come to the project once he’d done with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

But – and this is hardly unusual – Tarantino now appears to be cooling on the project. In a new interview, he said that “I think they might make that movie, but I just don’t think I’m going to direct it”.

He added that “it’s a good idea. They should definitely do it and I’ll be happy to come in and give them some notes on the first rough cut”.

Whether Paramount is as keen to press ahead without Tarantino behind the camera remains to be seen, though. We can’t help but feel there’s a sporting chance that this one won’t come to pass.

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more, of course.

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