Jonathan Frakes Talks Star Trek Return and Tarantino

Sci-Fi, According to Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes Star TrekJonathan Frakes has a lot to say. While at this year’s Lexington Comic & Toy Convention, he spoke about returning to direct another episode of Star Trek: Discovery and what Quentin Tarantino said to J.J. Abrams. He also shared his thoughts on The Orville and Deep Space Nine.

During the event, Frakes admitted he was going back to Star Trek: Discovery to direct (possibly) the season premiere of the new season. “I just read the first script of the second season and the outline for the second script,” he said. “And it’s on fire now.”

In January, Frakes talked about how it felt to return to Star Trek after being away for 12 years. “It was like stepping into comfortable shoes, but with more toys, and more time,” he said.

To Tarantino or not to Tarantino?

Last December, word got out Tarantino was interested in working on a Star Trek film. As news spread, people’s minds were bending Inception-like around the concept. How would that work?

While Frakes was originally excited about the possibility of Tarantino working with J.J. Abrams on a new Star Trek movie, he still has reservations. 

“I’m fascinated by the possibility of this,” Frakes said at the Lexington convention, but he has his doubts that it will happen. So he texted his friend, J.J. “I asked him if it is real, and so far it is real because they put a writer’s room together. [J.J.] said ‘Quentin said it is going to be wild.'”

Recently, Simon Pegg (Scotty) “has confirmed that Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie idea is in active development.” Because of this, the waning interest in another installment perked up. A fourth movie in the relaunched Star Trek had been questionable due to the disappointing box office returns.

Will the next Star Trek shake up the universe by carrying an R rating? Possibly, but it’s not definite. With Tarantino’s R-rated track record and the desire to reboot the rebooted series, it’s hard to say.

Thoughts on The Orville and Deep Space Nine

Quentin TarantinoJonathan Frakes is impressed with Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville. As a long-time Trekkie, MacFarlane had wanted his show to have the same look and feel as The Next Generation. Frakes noted that MacFarlane hired various crew members from TNG to work on his show. He also hired Frakes to direct.

The Orville has filled in a void. For a lot of people, The Orville is their new Star Trek because it does tell stories like [TNG], and it’s got wild humor in it,” Frakes said.

Frakes is also a fan of Deep Space Nine. “I’m one of the people who really liked DSN. I think they took more chances. … [It] told wonderful stories, and they tried things. There was a lot more use of time travel and flashbacks.”

It seems Frakes is a serious Trekkie himself and he’s going to be contributing to the world of Star Trek for a long time to come.

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Minda Powers-Douglas

Minda was raised in movie theaters and can identify just about any 80s movie. She lives among her husband's comic books. Favorite movies: Sunset Boulevard, Rearview Window, The Goonies, IT, and Disney's animated Alice in Wonderland. Other favorite things: Stephen King books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bates Motel, Keanu Reeves, horror movies, Harry Potter, used bookstores, really good cookies, and her daughter. She is a freelance writer and editor. She also really likes cemeteries. Website: Twitter: @cemeteryminda and @scatteredadvice

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