Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Film Might Not Be R-Rated After All

Monday, 19 March 2018 - 8:24PM
Star Trek
Monday, 19 March 2018 - 8:24PM
Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Film Might Not Be R-Rated After All
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When the news first broke that Quentin Tarantino had gotten the go-ahead to create a Star Trek movie, the news was polarizing.

After all, Tarantino may have talent, but a subtle and more thoughtful sci-fi franchise like Star Trek seems like an odd fit for a master of stylized, profanity-filled ultra-violence. The news came with the declaration that the film would be R-rated, which made sense because it's difficult to picture how exactly a "family friendly Tarantino film" would look.

And the movie might not be so Tarantino-ish after all, according to a recent interview with the current incarnation of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul). In a recent interview with Hey U Guys, Pegg - who co-wrote the recent Star Trek Beyond and seems to be involved with this new film - thinks people may be assuming too much with that rating.

Here's the full quote from Pegg, who doesn't believe the movie is currently slated to be adults-only:

Opening quote
"I don't think he's written an R-rated Star Trek script. I think what happened is he went to J.J. [Abrams] with an idea that he has had for a while – I remember he told us about it a long time ago. I think he told me and Edgar [Wright], about it a long time ago. He just put it to J.J. and J.J. is considering putting it into a writing room. We got an email just saying 'Guess who came in the office the other day!'

So, I don't know much about it, other than the fact that it is sort of in the mix. So, we will see."
Closing quote

It was reported at first that an R-rating was Tarantino's condition for working on the film, and Paramount and J.J. Abrams (who directed the 2009 Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, and produced Beyond) agreed. It didn't help that the screenwriter of The Revenant was onboard the project, and successful movies like Deadpool and Logan had just made a great case for R-rated genre films

If Pegg is correct, this will likely be more of a traditional Trek film than immediately thought, especially if it's closer to Beyond, which felt closer to traditional Star Trek than either of the J.J. Abrams movies did. And if Pegg is involved, which is news in itself, this movie may well be a continuation of the recent series.

That was a difficult question for a long time, as Karl Urban (who played McCoy) had no idea whether a fourth film would happen when asked, and Anton Yelchin (who played Chekov) passed away in 2016. There's currently no confirmation on what/who will appear in Tarantino's movie, only that Tarantino is directing it.

It's also interesting that Pegg said Edgar Wright was in the loop regarding the next Star Trek movie, but since the two seem to be best friends anyway considering how many movies they've made together, there's no indication that he's involved.

Although frankly, and Edgar Wright Star Trek movie sounds much more exciting than a Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. One can only hope.
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