While Quentin Tarantino is on the promotional rounds for the upcoming release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, he’s been slightly coy about his next project since it might be his final one. Tarantino has said repeatedly that he wants to end his feature film directing career at 10 movies (recently adding a caveat he could retire at 60, whatever happens first).

One of the potential directing projects has been an untitled and secret Star Trek film that was recently penned by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant). Quentin has said previously that he has yet to read the draft and once he’s finished with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, he’d give it a look over and will ultimately decide if he wants to make it.

Speaking with CinemaBlend, Tarantino now suggests if he does end up directing the Star Trek movie that could end up counting as his 10th and final movie.

TARANTINO: “I guess I do have a loophole, [if] the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be [to go], ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do Star Trek … but naturally, I would end on an original.’ But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole. I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left-handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen.”

“There also is another thought process going on where it’s like, yes, [my last movie] could be original. On the other hand, maybe that could show a different career I could’ve had. Whereas maybe [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood] is my last original — I’m not saying this is the case — but maybe this is my last original, and Star Trek or any other thing, a book or something like this, is the career I could have had if I wasn’t just writing everything all the time. Writing always originals. Maybe I could have had a different career if I looked for other people’s scripts, or if I wanted to find a book to be inspired by, and do an adaptation of. That would’ve been a different career. And maybe that could be fun to explore on the 10th [movie]. I don’t know. I mean, I’m making all this up as I go along, but those are two different ways I could look at it.”

Only time will tell if Tarantino makes the film or decides to make something else instead, but we’ll likely hear the outcome of his decision by the end of the year if I had to guess. It also doesn’t sound like he’s figured out if he’ll count this Trek project as the one he wants to leave on.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is set to be released on July 26th.


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