Quentin Tarantino And JJ Abrams Close To Picking Screenwriter

Joann Johnston
December 8, 2017

The next film could take a very different direction with Quentin Tarantino involved in the project.

Paramount and Abrams reportedly agreed to that condition earlier in the week, when Quentin Tarantino hashed out ideas with three high-profile screenwriters: Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking, Godzilla Vs. Kong), and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3).

Abrams for a new story in the Star Trek series.

There have been 13 Star Trek movies thus far, beginning with 1979's Star Trek: The Motion Picture and most recently including a rebooted trilogy overseen by J.J. Abrams. We'll let you know as more information is available, but for now, steel yourself against the tide of angry Trekkies taking to their message boards to say that their beloved series should never, ever be R-Rated.

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That rating was crucially important to Tarantino, who hopes to direct this Star Trek and who has helmed R rated films his entire career.

The crux of Tarantino's argument was that the best Star Trek episode scripts could easily be expanded into a 90-minute movie. 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.

Still, this is an interesting proposition, both in terms of content and in its execution, and we're excited to see how this develops in the future. But now even more details about Tarantino's Star Trek have arrived, including the revelation that the film will be R-Rated, per Tarantino's stipulations. Knowing Tarantino, it should be violent but entertaining at the same time.

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