Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek Confirmed To Be Rated-R

Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek Confirmed To Be Rated-R

Earlier this week it was reported that Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams were assembling a writing room to hear Tarantino's pitch for an idea for a Star Trek movie.

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. They kicked around ideas and one of them will get the job. While big-budget, R-rated studio films were the norm in the '80s and '90s (Terminator 2, Rambo III, True Lies, The Matrix), the practice died down in the 2000s, with many previously-violent and profanity-laden franchises downgraded to PG-13 (Die Hard, Terminator, etc).

Movie studios typically see R ratings as a drag on ticket sales because they exclude teenagers, which is why movies in tent pole franchises like "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" are nearly universally rated PG or PG-13.

Deadline reports the goal is to move quickly on the project, and have it written while Tarantino is busy filming a movie based on the Manson summer of 1969 with Margot Robbie.

The crux of Tarantino's argument was that the best Star Trek episode scripts could easily be expanded into a 90-minute movie. Of all the unusual details about this film, this, to me, is the strangest: Tarantino has always written his own screenplays, and it's weird that he'd want someone else to write the script for his Star Trek film. If all goes according to plan, Tarantino will follow-up his Manson movie with Star Trek, which could be his 10th and final film before retiring (if indeed he's still planning to retire after his tenth movie, as he has said in the past). "I actually think that is not only one of the great space stories, but the way it dealt with the mythology of the whole thing - that actually could bare a two-hour treatment". Let us know in the comments. It is also unknown if the new Trek adventure will involve the current cast, or even take place in the same alternative timeline to the original William Shatner-led series.

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