The influential filmmaker, Quentin Tarantino has confirmed that his Star Trek movie will take place in what he refers to as the "Chris Pine" timeline.
Tarantino recently sat down with MTV's podcast, "Happy Sad Confused" to talk about his current and future projects. Over the course of the discussion, he opened up about the script for the much-anticipated Star Trek movie, revealing that it will take place within the Kelvin timeline, the same universe in which Star Trek(2009), Star Trek Into Darkness(2013), and Star Trek Beyond(2016) takes place.
"Well, it's an idea then we got together and talked it out and then we hired Mark Smith, who did Revenant to write the script," he told host Josh Horowitz (as per Comic Book). "I don't know how much I can say. The one thing I can say is it would deal with the Chris Pine timeline. Now, I still don’t quite understand, and JJ (Abrams) can't explain it to me, and my editor has tried to explain it to me and I still don't get it… about something happened in the first movie that now kind of wiped the slate clean. I don't buy that. I don't like it. I don't appreciate it. I don't – f*** that… I want the whole series to have happened, it just hasn't happened yet.
"No, Benedict Cumberbatch or whatever his name is is not Khan, alright? Khan is Khan. And I told JJ, like, 'I don't understand this. I don’t like it.' And then he was like, 'Ignore it! Nobody likes it. I don't understand it. Just do whatever you want. If you want it to happen the exact way it happens on the series it can.'"
While Tarantino admits that he struggles with the "alternate reality" concept of the Kelvin Timeline, he has expressed his desire to lean into the Abramsverse by sharing his admiration for Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto's portrayal of Kirk and Spock, saying "they nailed it."
Star Trek's direction as of the moment still remains largely unclear at this point. However, we can now understand that the story will be involved with the Kelvin timeline, which means that the main cast from the past three movies could potentially make a return.
If Tarantino decides to direct this highly-anticipated project, then it could very well turn out to be his cinematic farewell, as the highly acclaimed filmmaker has previously stated that he will be retiring from the industry once he reaches double figures. His ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, will be in theaters on July 26. 2019 in the US and August 14. 2019 in the United Kingdom. This will follow the release of Hateful Eight(2015) and Django Unchained(2012).
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