Not only is Quentin Tarantino moving closer to directing a Star Trek film, if it happens it will go where no Star Trek film has gone before: with an R rating. Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams have agreed to the condition.
It was revealed earlier this week that Tarantino’s Star Trek pitch was heading to a writers’ room, and Deadline reports the director met with Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce, with Smith (The Revenant) as the frontrunner to write the script.
It’s rare for a major franchise film to get an R rating, but Fox’s success with Deadpool in 2016 certainly challenged conventional wisdom, earning $783 million worldwide.
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.
So, where did Tarantino’s potential Star Trek gig come from? Back in September, the director was a guest on the Nerdist podcast, where he discussed his love for certain Star Trek episodes, like Harlan Ellison’s “City on the Edge of Forever,” which saw the crew of the Enterprise flung back in time after a medical accident sends Doctor Leonard McCoy fleeing from the ship.
The crux of Tarantino’s argument was that the best Star Trek episode scripts could easily be expanded into a 90-minute movie. Perhaps the director’s claim took on a life of its own and in a few years we’ll be seeing Kirk, Spock and the rest of the gang traipsing through 1930s New York City. Until then, keep reading for the latest on the proposed film.