It's a first for the franchise, but Paramount is in something of a bind as the series has yet to really take off the way it had hoped at the box office, so clearly they've sparked to this left-field idea of having Quentin Freaking Tarantino direct it.
It was revealed earlier this week that Tarantino's Star Trek pitch was heading to a writers' room, and Deadline reports the director met with Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce, with Smith (The Revenant) as the frontrunner to write the script. His 1969-set Manson Murders drama that he's shooting next summer is #9, which would make Star Trek #10 if he indeed makes it.
There have been 13 Star Trek movies thus far, beginning with 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture and most recently including a rebooted trilogy overseen by J.J. Abrams. I have a hard time believing it, so my guess is A. Tarantino simply produces and/or gets a "Story By" credit and someone else directs this movie or B. Tarantino makes one more original movie after Trek.
Deadpool and Logan from 20th Century Fox proved to be very profitable.
Also according to the report, Tarantino has asked for an R-rating for this potential project, which is not surprising given his filmography is nearly entirely R-rated films.
The crux of Tarantino's argument was that the best Star Trek episode scripts could easily be expanded into a 90-minute movie. If he's selected, he will overtake Justin Lin who directed 2016's Star Trek Beyond.
He can still be a producer, but Tarantino sounds like the man that is going to do the most work.
Still, this is an interesting proposition, both in terms of content and in its execution, and we're excited to see how this develops in the future.