Today Deadline reports that the "whole thing is moving at warp speed" and Tarantino has already met for hours with three potential writers.
The report also says screenwriters Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (the upcoming Kingkiller Chronicle), and Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) are in the running to pen the script, with Smith as the apparent frontrunner. We assume that Tarantino's idea must have been one they couldn't refuse.
The film will most certainly go where no Star Trek has gone before: Tarantino has required it to be R rated, and Paramount and Abrams agreed to that condition.
Once the writer is locked, the plan is to write the screenplay based on Tarantino's idea while Tarantino is off filming his next film, centered on the Manson summer of 1969 and starring Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.
Now, Tarantino has been pretty adamant about the fact that he's only making 10 films and then he's retiring.
The Star Trek franchise has been overshadowed by Star Wars recently, but Paramount Pictures is determined to make the franchise a hit.
Abrams for a new story in the Star Trek series. Phasers were set to stun, because nobody saw this coming; Tarantino isn't known for science-fiction, and he almost always works on his own original concepts, not established cinematic universes. Tarantino usually takes quite a bit of time between projects, but thus far everything about this Star Trek movie has been atypical for the Oscar-winning writer/director.
However, two recent R-rated entries into the previously family friendly superhero genre - that would be the irreverent "Deadpool" in 2016 and the brooding "Logan" earlier this year - made boatloads of money and were showered with praise, perhaps giving Paramount the initiative to green light a more adult take on "Star Trek".