A sci-fi/action movie like Star Trek would be firmly outside of the wheelhouse for Tarantino, who is known for his violent, dialogue-heavy and usually completely original films. The director's films tend to not only perform commercially, his latest three films all took in multiple Oscar nominations and Tarantino won for the Django Unchained screenplay.
J.J. helmed the two Star Trek films for Paramount in 2009 and 2013, but is now busy working on the Star Wars franchise.
But clearly, adding Tarantino's cache to the Trek franchise would be a major coup for Paramount. " Now that he's working on a Star Trek film of his own, it's possible he's aiming to adapt the timeless episode, "The City on the Edge of Forever".
"The only thing that limited them was their '60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule", Tarantino said in a 2015 Nerdist interview. You could take some of the great classic Star Trek episodes and just easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some wonderful, awesome stuff. Although a fourth installment of the Star Trek film reboot would more than likely be set in the Kelvin universe, original series or even TNG stories could act as inspiration for a script.
And Quentin Tarantino may be boldly going where he has never gone before.
Making things even more uncertain for another Star Trek film, Paramount recently announced that they have ended their financing deal with China's Huahua Media, a deal meant to finance a quarter of the films that Paramount produced over the next three years.
He has worked with franchises on the small screen, directing episodes of CSI and ER.