Quentin Tarantino says his ideal version of Star Trek would be ‘Pulp Fiction in space’

Ellie Harrison

Quentin Tarantino has responded to rumours that he is directing a new version of Star Trek, saying his ideal version would be “Pulp Fiction in space”.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director is rumoured to be working with JJ Abrams on a new version of the sci-fi classic.

“I will say one thing about Star Trek that I’ve been waiting for someone to bring up,” Tarantino told Deadline. “I don’t know if I’ll do it or not. I’ve got to figure it out, but Mark [L Smith] 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! If I do it, that’s exactly what it’ll be. It’ll be Pulp Fiction in space.”

Tarantino added: “That Pulp Fiction-y aspect, when I read the script, I felt, I have never read a science fiction movie that has this s*** 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.”

The director previously said a Star Trek film would be his final movie. "I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it," he told CinemaBlend. "It’s my last movie."

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is out in UK cinemas on 14 August 2019.