Director Quentin Tarantino confirmed that if he does a Star Trek film it will be Rated R.
Tarantino told Empire Magazine, “Oh Yeah!” It’s an R-rated movie. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated.”
Empire Magazine also questioned Tarantino about the potential Star Trek movie he pitched to Bad Robot back in 2017 from screenwriter Mark L. Smith.
Tarantino provided an updated, “There’s a script that exists for now. I need to weigh in on it, but haven’t been able to do that yet.”
Some might question why an R rating would be necessary for a franchise that has previously opted to avoid one.
The current Doctor McCoy actor Karl Urban commented discussed that idea last year.
As reported by TrekMovie.com, Karl Urban discussed what he knew about Tarantino’s Star Trek film with a crowd at Trekonderoga and specifically noted the R-Rating would be to capture the horror of space.
“You shouldn’t worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff. He wants an R-rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it’s not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first…It allows some some breadth…gives him some leeway to do that. To me, that was always one of the things I loved about what DeForest Kelley did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid.”
Though the involvement of Quentin Tarantino is a major step forward for the next Star Trek film, there is still the question around current Captain Kirk actor Chris Pine. As last reported the actor left the ball Paramount’s court as negotiations between the actor and studio broke down.
Not only that, but the studio was also hoping to bring back Chris Hemsworth to reprise his role as George Kirk. But like with Pine, negotiations stalled and Hemsworth even pointed to the script as the main culprit behind his unwillingness to return to the role.
This makes me wonder if Tarantino works his magic on the script, would that be enough to bring Hemsworth back into the project? And what about Chris Pine, will Paramount and he be able to settle the dispute over salary?
There are still many questions on where or not this project will get past the idea phase. Let me know your thoughts on this news and the idea of an R-Rated Star Trek film.