If you’re a Star Trek fan and a Quentin Tarantino fan, there’s some bad news. The “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” director has indicated that, despite reports to the contrary, he does not really intend to direct an R-rated Star Trek film. According to several websites, the comments came in an interview with Consequence of Sound, though I see no mention of Star Trek in that interview. Maybe I’m blind. Anyway, The Independent quotes Tarantino as saying, “I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet.”

He further stated that, after Once Upon a Time …, he no longer feels a personal obligation to make a 10th and final film—something he had planned on doing for a long time.

“In a strange way, it seems like… Hollywood would be my last,” he said. “So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement.”

With that said, his subsequent remarks suggest he very much intends to make a 10th movie:

“I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, ‘Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?’ No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it.

“Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, ‘Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if it’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.’ This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue.”

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