Quentin Tarantino's pitch for a Star Trek film was fast-tracked to Paramount's writers' room earlier this month, and it appears the film has now found its screenwriter in Mark L. Smith, best known for penning The Revenant. Smith will write the script while Tarantino continues work on his current project about the Manson family murders in the '60s.
Smith was considered the favorite when news about Tarantino's pitch first surfaced, with Lindsey Beer, Drew Pearce and Megan Amram also being considered, Deadline reports. Tarantino is slated to direct the film, which will be co-produced by J.J. Abrams. Smith worked with Abrams' Bad Robot Productions on the upcoming horror film Overlord, which will be released in 2018.
Tarantino discussed his love for certain Star Trek episodes in September when he appeared as a guest on the Nerdist podcast, mentioning that it would be easy to expand one of the classic episodes to a feature length and do some really "amazing, amazing stuff."
A couple of the episodes Tarantino had in mind include "City on the Edge of Forever," which sees the crew of the Enterprise sent back to 1930s New York, and "Yesterday's Enterprise," which has the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation flung into the past where the United Federation of Planets is at war with the Klingons.
Should the proposed film expand on The Next Generation, Patrick Stewart has expressed interest in returning, should Tarantino ask. No matter what material Tarantino chooses to adapt, the film will be rated R. Additional details will emerge as the proposed film moves closer to production.