Earlier this week, it was announced that Quentin Tarantino, best known for movies filled with gratuitous violence and pop-culture references (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds, and many others) is workshopping his own idea for a Trek film, alongside longtime series producer JJ Abrams. There are an bad lot of corrupt leaders and petty squabbles in the Kelvin timeline, which feels far removed from the Star Fleet of Roddenberry's work, which is made up of admittedly imperfect people who always strive to be the best they can be. Tarantino met for hours in a writers room with Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce.
The Star Trek franchise got its first F-word in October, courtesy of "Star Trek: Discovery", and now one of its films will reportedly be R-rated. This was a condition of Tarantino being involved, and one that both Abrams and Paramount agreed to.
Once the writer is locked, the plan is to write the screenplay based on Tarantino's idea while Tarantino is off filming his next film, centered on the Manson summer of 1969 and starring Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate.
Tarantino has always been vocal about his desire to put up his filmmaking cap after 10 films.
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This isn't a dealbreaker, and there's still a lot of fun to be had with modern Star Trek. Phasers were set to stun, because nobody saw this coming; Tarantino isn't known for science-fiction, and he almost always works on his own original concepts, not established cinematic universes.
Regardless, this whole thing is kind of insane and it's moving really fast.
Star Trek fans might have to prep themselves to boldly go where no motherf***er has gone before.
But the fact that we can even get reports about an R-rated Quentin Tarantino Star Trek project goes to show just what a weird place the Star Trek brand is on the big screen after Beyond, which didn't quite set the world on fire at the box office.