Earlier this week it was reported that Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams were assembling a writing room to hear Tarantino’s pitch for an idea for a Star Trek movie. Today Deadline reports that the “whole thing is moving at warp speed” and Tarantino has already met for hours with three potential writers.
The screenwriting candidates are Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (an up and coming writer with number of summer action movies for 2018), and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). Smith is reportedly the front-runner for the job of penning the first draft of what would be the next Star Trek movie.
Tarantino wants it R-rated
Also according to the report, Tarantino has asked for an R-rating for this potential project, which is not surprising given his filmography is almost entirely R-rated films. Deadline says that even though all the recent Trek feature films have been PG-13, Abrams and Paramount have agreed to the stipulation. An R-rating would be a franchise first and a rarity for tentpoles, but with the recent success of Deadpoool and Logan, this seems like something Paramount execs are open to trying with the Trek franchise.
The report also indicates that Tarantino is interested in directing the project. He is currently working on a film about the Manson family due in theaters in August of 2019.
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