With Quentin Tarantino on directing duties and J.J. Abrams behind production, all that was missing from the already prestigious Star Trek team was a writer. Today, as Deadline has revealed, none other than Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote the Oscar-winning The Revenant, will be joining in the adventure.
Of course, the choice makes sense given that the film has already been given an R-rating and that Smith is no stranger to the kind of violence we're used to seeing in Tarantino's work.
While the deal has now been settled, there were apparently three other names in the running: Lindsey Beer (Godzilla vs Kong), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3, Mission impossible 5) and Megan Amram (Parks and Recreation). J.J Abrams and Paramount were said to be rooting for Smith thanks to his work on WWII thriller Overlord.
The latest addition to the movie crew gives us some idea of the upcoming project, which Tarantino will develop at the same time as his ninth film and which appears to be progressing at an impressive speed. While we have no details relating to casting for the moment, we're guessing it'll be no less impressive than the team driving the movie.
As it goes, Patrick Stewart – who famously played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation – has already voiced his support for the film, even offering to reprise his role. Fingers crossed.