THE BRIDGE — Director Quentin Tarantino is about to take Star Trek where no one has before. The award-winning director is about to take on the new Star Trek film, and according to Deadline, the new sci-fi voyage will be an R-rated adventure.
There are a lot of things about this news that is surprising, but let’s start with Tarantino himself.
Star Trek is a beloved property and fans have been curious about where the movie universe will go next and who will be at the helm, but I don’t think anyone could have guessed it would be Tarantino.
Tarantino is known for ultra-violent and dialogue heavy films like “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained,” “Reservoir Dogs” and “The Hateful Eight.” His movies are praised by critics and usually end up being box office successes, but he’s still a fairly shocking choice for a Star Trek film.
Deadline reported the Academy Award winning filmmaker pitched an idea for a new Trek film to producer J.J. Abrams who apparently liked the idea and started moving the project forward. One of Tarantino’s stipulations was that he got to make it rated R, and J.J. Abrams and Paramount agreed, according to the reports. As of right now, the front-runner to pen the script isn’t actually Tarantino, but Mark L. Smith who recently wrote “The Revenant.”
The other surprising element is that the studio and producers actually agreed to an R-rated Trek film. The last three Star Trek films have all cost at least $150 million to make, and usually studios will make sure films with such large budgets keep a PG-13 rating in order to pull in a larger audience and make more money. That trend has been bucked somewhat lately with films like “Deadpool” and “Logan,” but this will still be a first and a risk for Paramount to give such a recognized and beloved property the more adult rating.
Details are still emerging on this news, but as of now, everything is moving forward, and quickly. Next up for Tarantino is a film about the Manson family murders, but it’s suspected that Star Trek will be the project he tackles after that.
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