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Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek Movie Pitch Is R-Rated

08 December 2017, 10:54 | Myron Mathis

Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek Movie Pitch Is R-Rated

Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek Movie Pitch Is R-Rated

The next film could take a very different direction with Quentin Tarantino involved in the project.

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 only way Tarantino would sign on to do the "Star Trek" film was if the studio would agree to an "R" rating, which is typically not done with tentpole features such as these but to get such a high profile writer/director on board, Paramount and Abrams both agreed to his demands. Smith is reportedly the front-runner for the job of penning the first draft of what would be the next Star Trek movie. While Tarantino hasn't been confirmed as the Star Trek director, we may just see him journey to the final frontier if everything pans out. The exception to this rule was Fox's Deadpool, but that film started out with modest ambitions before it caught on and became the biggest R rated film ever.

William Shatner, the original Star Trek Captain Kirk, took to Twitter to make light of the news. His 1969-set Manson Murders drama that he's shooting next summer is #9, which would make Star Trek #10 if he indeed makes it. So far, no timeline for the film's release has been revealed. Sources also have compared the film to Tarantino's Pulp Fiction while noting it will have a budget in the range of Django Unchained, which had a $100-million budget but grossed over $425 million at the global box office. A new report today claims that Tarantino's Trek would boldly go where Star Trek movies have never gone before.

This is a relatively wild path for the Star Trek movie franchise to go down in a post-Beyond world, but it's not like there isn't precedent for it - this year's Star Trek: Discovery, which drew controversy from fans for some scenes of violence and two characters using "fuck" as an expletive, was rated TV-MA, the equivalent of an R-rating for movies. Let us know in the comments.

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