Deadline reported earlier this week that Quentin Tarantino had pitched a Star Trek film to JJ Abrams and Paramount. The project has only picked up steam since, with a writers room quickly being formed. Now, the trade has revealed a new detail that promises to take Star Trek in a bold new direction: The new film will be rated R.
Tarantino reportedly sat down for hours in the writers room with fellow scribes Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce to hammer out details on the new film, as Tarantino made it known that the R-rating was a top priority for him. Abrams and Paramount both agreed to the condition. The legendary writer-director is famous for his lengthy dialogue scenes and over-the-top violence and has never directed a film that wasn’t R-rated, which makes this pairing one of the most interesting in recent memory. While Tarantino hasn’t been confirmed as the Star Trek director, we may just see him journey to the final frontier if everything pans out.
Mark L. Smith is being posited as the frontrunner for the writing gig. Best known for writing Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s The Revenant, which notched Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, Smith also overhauled the upcoming thriller Overlord, a WWII thriller that Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions is producing for Paramount. Pearce’s credits include Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, and the current Hulu series The Runaways, based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Lindsay Beer has a number of upcoming projects in the works, including Godzilla vs. Kong and Masters of the Universe.
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.
What do you think, Trekkies? Are you excited for what’s sure to be a Star Trek unlike anything we’ve ever seen before? Sound off in the comments below!
6 R-Rated Comic Book Movies Audiences Deserve
Logan and Deadpool have shown studios that R-Rated superhero movies can succeed. Sure, Watchmen and 300 kind of proved that same point in 2009, but now both Marvel and DC have said R-Rated movies are a possibility. Audiences are tired of so many comic book movies featuring similar plots, so opening more projects to the potential of being R-Rated makes it possible that different, mature stories can be told.
Some characters, like Superman and Spider-Man, should never receive the R-Rated treatment. If a character is defined by a sense of hope or optimism instead of a dark, gritty core that grounds all their actions, then a R-Rated movie likely won’t work.
Hit Next to find out more about six comic book movies that should be R-Rated!