Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Will Be R-Rated; Writers Room Revealed

Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Will Be R-Rated; Writers Room Revealed

Forget photon torpedoes - Quentin Tarantino could be bringing F-bombs to the Star Trek universe. 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.

It was recently reported that director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight) had an idea for a new Star Trek movie that was enthusiastically received by series producer J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Beyond, Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Well, Deadline has some more juicy details regarding the progress of the film. An R-rating would be a franchise first and a rarity for tentpoles, but with the recent success of Deadpoool and Logan, this seems like something Paramount execs are open to trying with the Trek franchise.

The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith is apparently the frontrunner to write the script from Tarantino's story concept. 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.

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There's no guarantee Tarantino will direct this movie, but the idea is for the winning scribe to work on the screenplay while the Inglourious Basterds filmmaker shoots his next movie next summer. However, with Star Trek only being based on an idea from him (rather than being wholly written and directed by him), we can't help but wonder if this will be more of a side deal for him, than his actual 10th film.

Tarantino has never taken on a franchise in the film world before, and his involvement is Trek is tentative. He is now working on a film about the Manson family due in theaters in August of 2019. The film is now being called #9. What do you guys think of a Star Trek movie from Quentin Tarantino?

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. Let us know in the comments.

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