- Quentin Tarantino wants to direct a Star Trek movie.
- The catch? It has to be rated R.
- JJ Abrams is reportedly helping Tarantino find a writer, and will be a producer.
Quentin Tarantino has plans to direct a Star Trek movie, and his only demand is that it is R rated.
Deadline reported on Monday that Tarantino pitched an R-rated Star Trek movie to Paramount. On Thursday, Deadline reported that the rumored project is moving forward at a rapid speed, and they’re already selecting a screenwriter.
JJ Abrams, who has directed two Star Trek films, is helping Tarantino and will be a producer. The movie likely won’t come out for a few years, but we can’t hide our excitement. A Star Trek movie from Tarantino — one of the most ambitious directors of all time — is an exciting concept, and we can’t wait to see the finished product.
Here’s everything we know so far about Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek movie:
Tarantino approached Paramount with the idea
According to Deadline, Tarantino approached Paramount about directing a Star Trek movie, Tarantino-style. This typically means blood, violence, cursing, witty dialogue, and a very long running time.
Tarantino worked with Miramax and The Weinstein Company on all his previous films, but is working with other studios after the allegations of sexual harassment and assault against long-time collaborator Harvey Weinstein surfaced in October.
Tarantino will direct his movie based on the Manson Family first
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This means we likely won’t see his Star Trek movie for at least a few years.
This will be Tarantino’s first dive into a franchise — he usually writes and directs screenplays for original stories.
“Jackie Brown” (1997) was based on a novel, but every other movie he’s made was an original screenplay.
But Tarantino isn’t going into the franchise world completely inexperienced: in the past he’s directed episodes of “CSI” and “ER.”
JJ Abrams, who directed 2009’s ‘Star Trek’ and 2013’s ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, is producing
Abrams can’t stay away from space movies with the word star in them, apparently.
According to Deadline, Tarantino approached Abrams about the idea. Abrams, who also directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” proposed assembling a team of writers, one of whom will be chosen to write the screenplay for Tarantino’s Star Trek movie vision. Tarantino has already met with the writers, and the competition is heated.
The frontrunner to pen the screenplay is apparently Mark L. Smith, who co-wrote the screenplay for “The Revenant.”
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Deadline reports that Lindsey Beer, Drew Pearce, and Megan Amram are also in the running to write the screenplay.
Beer is credited as a writer on the upcoming “Godzilla Vs. Kong.”
Pearce’s credits include “Iron Man 3” and the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes 3.”
Amram, who has one of the greatest Twitter accounts of all time, is a writer on “The Good Place,” “Silicon Valley,” and formerly “Parks and Recreation.”
Tarantino has demanded that his Star Trek movie is rated R.
Paramount and Abrams agreed to Tarantino’s demand.
Most movies of this size stick with a PG-13 rating so more people can see it, since an R rating limits a lot of the audience. “Deadpool,” which broke the record in 2016 as the most successful R-rated movie of all time, probably helped Tarantino convince Paramount and Abrams that this concept could work.
Patrick Stewart has always wanted to be in a Tarantino film, so there’s a chance he could reprise his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter after the news of Tarantino’s Star Trek voyage broke, Stewart said that he’d love to return to the franchise if Tarantino is directing:
“One of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”