Beloved Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on television and film for 15 years, would consider returning to the franchise, at Quentin Tarantino’s request.
The director, best known for such films as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and The Hateful Eight, is reportedly developing an R-rated take on Star Trek with J.J. Abrams for Paramount Pictures. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) is said to be a frontrunner to write the screenplay based on Tarantino’s pitch.
Although Stewart hasn’t stepped on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise since the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis, he revealed that Tarantino’s involvement could inspire him to reenlist in Starfleet.
“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the Dubai International Film Festival, “but there are ways in which something like that might come about. […] But one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”
A box-office disappointment, earning just $67.3 million worldwide, Nemesis brought to an end the Next Generation era of films, starring the cast of the TV series, and halted the Enterprise’s big-screen adventures until Abrams’ 2009 reboot.
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