Earlier this week, it was reported that Quentin Tarantino is developing a new Star Trek project with J.J. Abrams. A new update from Deadline today has confirmed that Paramount is moving forward with Tarantino's pitch, and it will be Rated-R.
This isn't surprising since Tarantino is known for featuring stylish violence in his films. According to Deadline, Tarantino met for hours in a room with writers Mark L. Smith, Drew Pearce, and Lindsey Beer. They discussed various ideas and one of them would get the job. Smith, who wrote The Revenant, is reportedly the frontrunner. Tarantino required the film to be Rated-R, and the studio agreed to that condition. This would be the first Rated-R Star Trek film ever. Usually, mega-budget tentpoles restrict the film to a PG-13 rating so that they can maximize the audience.
Deadline reports that one of the three writers will be chosen for the project quickly. The R-rated Star Trek film will be planned out while Tarantino works on his next film about the Manson murders of 1969.
Tarantino has expressed his interest to helm a Star Trek film in the past. During his appearance at the Nerdist Podcast, he talked about the episode that fascinated him.
"I think one of the best episodes of Star Trek ever written was for [Star Trek: The Next Generation]," Tarantino said "Yesterday's Enterprise," where an Enterprise ship from the past breaks through a time rift and alters the course of history. "I actually think that is not only one of the great space stories, but the way it dealt with the mythology of the whole thing — that actually could bare a two-hour treatment.
"Because the whole thing with that episode that was so cool, they save the ship, but little do they know by saving the ship it's actually in a different time period — but they don't know that," Tarantino explained. "But what ends up happening is — because they screwed up with the timeline, everything changes. The characters don't know it, but we know it. And the thing about it is, it turns out that the Klingons and the humans on earth have been having this hundred year war that's been going on, and it's just the bloodiest war imaginable in the history of any universe."
It sounds like Tarantino will most-likely involve some kind of Klingon bloodbath in his film. Whatever the story will be, I'm sure that it's going to be a unique Star Trek film that fans would enjoy.