Quentin Tarantino And JJ Abrams Close To Picking Screenwriter

Quentin Tarantino's 'Star Trek' Will Be R-Rated: 'The Revenant's Mark L. Smith Frontrunner Scribe

Not because Smith isn't a good fit for the project or that he's a particularly bad writer, but that it'll be the first time that QT will be potentially directing a film that he himself didn't write. This was apparently Tarantino's condition for letting Paramount use his idea, and it's likely that the decision to take this tone came in large part thanks to the success of films like Deadpool, Logan, and IT, all of which have proven that gory content won't necessarily preclude a movie from enjoying a large box office taking. Tarantino met with many people earlier this week so that they can make his film a reality. 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.

Tarantino reportedly sat down for hours in the writers room with fellow scribes Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce to hammer out details on the new film, as Tarantino made it known that the R-rating was a top priority for him.

There's no word yet on whether Tarantino's version of Trek would feature Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto - they're contracted for a Star Trek Beyond sequel- or a totally different crew. If he's selected, he will overtake Justin Lin who directed 2016's Star Trek Beyond. The latest film, Star Trek Beyond, arrived in theaters a year ago, received generally positive reviews, and grossed $343.5 million at the worldwide box office. The big news is that the project is being pitched as R-rated and both Paramount and Abrams have agreed to releasing the film as such. 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.

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