We’ve been fascinated by the news that Paramount Pictures and Quentin Tarantino have decided to team up for an untitled Star Trek film that has The Revenant and Overlord screenwriter Mark L. Smith attached to write.
EmpireMagazine (via ComicBook) has a couple of brief updates from Quentin Tarantino concerning the Star Trek movie, which includes that movie will indeed be aiming for an R-rating and that Mark L. Smith has finished a draft of the script (he hasn’t committed to the project). Tarantino hasn’t been able to give notes or look it over in-depth I assume due to the promotion for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
TARANTINO: “There’s a script that exists for it now, I need to weigh in on it, but haven’t been able to do that yet.”
“Oh yeah! It’s an R-rated movie. If I do it, it’ll be R-rated.”
I’m not terribly sure how you make a Trek movie that’s R-rated without having it taking place within the world of The Klingons, but that’s just from the perspective of a fan like myself.
S.J. Clarkson had been originally attached to direct a fourth Star Trek movie starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, John Cho, and Chris Hemsworth set to reprise his role of George Kirk (James T. Kirk’s father). However, the studio, Pine, and Hemsworth couldn’t iron out a deal leading to the project being thrown into hiatus.
This Star Trek project isn’t the only movie that Quentin is reportedly developing as there a Django Unchained/Zorro crossover movie in development with Jerrod Carmichael set to co-write the project based on the comic book. It’s still unknown if he’ll be directing either of these projects as the director has repeatedly claimed he’d retire from filmmaking after making ten feature films, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood being his 9th film.