Although early reports indicated that Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek film would be R-rated, series co-star Simon Pegg — who also worked as a co-writer on Star Trek: Beyond — says that rating isn’t certain.
“I don’t think he’s written an R-rated Star Trek script,” Pegg told HeyUGuys. “I think what happened is that he went to J.J. [Abrams] with an idea that he’s had for awhile. I remember that he told us about it a long time ago. I think he told me and Edgar [Wright] about it a long time ago. He just put it to J.J. and I think J.J.’s just considering putting it into a writing room. We got an email just saying, ‘Guess what? Guess who came into the office the other day?’ So I don’t know much about it other than the fact it’s in the mix, so we’ll see.”
Tarantino discussed his love for certain Star Trek episodes in September when he appeared as a guest on the Nerdist podcast, mentioning that it would be easy to expand one of the classic episodes to a feature length and do some really “amazing, amazing stuff.”
A couple of the episodes Tarantino had in mind include “City on the Edge of Forever,” which sees the crew of the Enterprise sent back to 1930s New York, and “Yesterday’s Enterprise,” which has the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation flung into the past where the United Federation of Planets is at war with the Klingons.
Both original series Star Trek star William Shatner and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Patrick Stewart have expressed interest in reprising their roles for Tarantino’s film, about which there is currently little detail.
Tarantino’s Star Trek is still in the early stages of development, so there’s no timeline on when it might come out. Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) will serve as a writer on the project.
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