The rating was a sticking point in order for Tarantino to sign on as director (all of his films have carried the rating), and Paramount agreed to those terms. The news itself was the first off-the-wall idea, with word breaking earlier this week that Tarantino had pitched an idea for a Star Trek movie to producer J.J.
If you've been following the movie news in the past few days, you've probably heard about the utterly freakish tale of the JJ Abrams-produced and Quentin Tarantino-involved Star Trek movie, which went from idle fanboy dream to on the studio fast-track in the span of about three days. Well, Deadline has some more juicy details regarding the progress of the film. A writers room was assembled incredibly quickly, and Tarantino spent hours with scribes Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) to kick around ideas on how to tackle Tarantino's approach. 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.
Work on the script will continue as Tarantino shoots his next film, an untitled period crime drama, and then he'll make any decision once that is complete. Writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were originally pegged to draft a Star Trek 4 that involved Chris Hemsworth's return as Kirk's father George, but that appears to be in limbo.
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Abrams is probably unable to direct another Star Trek film anytime soon as Disney has locked him to helm Star Wars: Episode IX. The second installment, Star Trek Into Darkness, earned more than $460 million worldwide when it opened in May 2013.
Tarantino has never taken on a franchise in the film world before, and his involvement is Trek is tentative. First, though, Tarantino is working on a film about the 1969 Charles Manson murders. The film is now being called #9. Both J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures are cool with R-rated Trek, perhaps due to the unexpected box office success of Deadpool and Logan.
In the more than five decades since the original series premiered, "Star Trek" movies and TV shows have been a decidedly family friendly affair. Let us know in the comments.