Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Quentin Tarantino wants his Star Trek movie to be rated R

Quentin Tarantino wants his Star Trek movie to be rated R

If you've been following the movie news in the past few days, you've probably heard about the utterly weird 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.

For the first time in a while, it seems like a lot of progress is being made with a new Star Trek movie. It's a first for the franchise, but Paramount is in something of a bind as the series has yet to really take off the way it had hoped at the box office, so clearly they've sparked to this left-field idea of having Quentin Freaking Tarantino direct it.

Now, we've gained a little more clarity on the project.

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.

The screenwriting candidates are Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (an up and coming writer with number of summer action movies for 2018), and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3).

An R-rated Star Trek movie would be rather interesting as we can guess the language and violence-factor would be amped up in addition to the possibility of adult (nude) scenes. This kind of movie or TV show can end up feeling boring and tedious, and it takes a master of storytelling to make hopeful optimism look cool and exciting.

That's according to Deadline, which revealed earlier this week that Tarantino had a Trek story he wanted to pitch to the studio and possibly shoot. Deadline's report doesn't indicate whether or not Tarantino's idea leaned more toward a soft or hard R-rating, but it could just mean something similar in tone and mood to what Star Trek: Discovery did, rather than something involving blood-caked Starfleet Officers flinging salty language like photon torpedoes off the port bow.

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