Karu F. Daniels
New York Daily News
Chris Pine wouldn’t mind getting in on Quentin Tarantino’s proposed “Star Trek” remake.
The actor, who last portrayed Captain Kirk in 2016’s “Star Trek Beyond,” says that at the moment, he knows about as much as anyone else about the potential R-rated installment – but is looking forward to it.
“I’m quite literally one of the last people ever to find out. So, I haven’t read that script, I don’t know where it is in development,” he said.
“But I love the character, I love the universe, I love my friends in it,” Pine continued to ComicBook.com. “You know, to have a Quentin take on it would be tremendously interesting and entertaining. You know, look, whatever happens, if I come back or not, it’s a great universe, it deserves to have a future, and I hope that is the case.”
The Academy Award-winning auteur is rumored to have been working on his own chapter of the legendary sci-fi franchise, but there has been no official word on whether or not it’s a go.
The “Pulp Fiction” director is longtime fan of the Gene Roddenberry series, which introduced the world to the interstellar adventures of Captain Kirk aboard the starship USS Enterprise when it debuted on NBC in 1966.
Screenwriter Mark L. Smith recently discussed penning a script for Tarantino that included some big plans for Kirk.
“I wrote a Star Trek with Tarantino, and that was a sci-fi script on which I could have fun and lean into some bigger, broader things,” Smith revealed to SFX magazine.
“Tarantino and I had so much fun with him, because Kirk is just William Shatner, y’know? It’s like: you’re not sure who is who, so you can kinda lean into that. Because you watch Chris Pine and he’s playing Kirk, but he’s also playing William Shatner a touch,” he added.
Last year, Paramount Pictures announced that acclaimed writer, director and novelist Noah Hawley will script and direct the forthcoming “Star Trek 4,” which will officially be the fourth installment of the legendary franchise J.J. Abrams breathed new life into in 2009.
The upcoming project – slated to reunite Pine with costars Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana – is separate from one that Tarantino has been attached to do in recent years.
The three actors portrayed the leading characters of Captain James T. Kirk, Spock and Nyota Uhura, respectively, in three Star Trek films, including 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” and 2016\u2032s “Star Trek Beyond.”
Currently, Pine reprises his role as Steve Trevor in “Wonder Woman 1984,” hitting theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 25.
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