Tarantino’s Star Trek Is Not Aiming for an R-Rating Says Pegg
Is Tarantino’s Star Trek Movie movie really going to be R-rated? Not so fast. At least, if Simon Pegg is to be believed. Last December, news broke that Tarantino had pitched an idea for a Star Trek movie to J.J. Abrams, who is responsible for the most recent series of movies, and Paramount liked the idea enough to move forward with it. At the time, it was said that the movie will be R-rated, but that may not be the case.
Simon Pegg has starred in all three of the most recent Star Trek movies and actually co-wrote Star Trek Beyond. So he’s as connected as almost anyone with the franchise currently. Speaking recently at the Empire Awards, Pegg was asked about Quentin Tarantino and his allegedly R-rated take on Star Trek and revealed that he doesn’t think the man behind Pulp Fiction has written an R-rated script. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“I don’t think he’s written an R-rated Star Trek script. I think what happened is he went to JJ with an idea that he has had for a while. I remember he told us about it a long time ago. I think he told me and Edgar [Wright] about it a long time ago. He just put it to JJ and JJ is considering putting it into a writing room. We got an email just saying ‘Guess who came into the office the other day!’ So, I don’t know much about it, other than the fact that it is sort of in the mix. So, we will see.”
Specific details on this Star Trek movie have been quite scarce, but the R-rated bit seemed to be a sticking point for Quentin Tarantino. Every single one of his movies to date has been R-rated and, even if he’s playing in a franchise, it seems like his sensibilities would push it that way. Perhaps Tarantino just wants a guarantee from Paramount that, if the projects needs to be R, they won’t restrict him. Then again, Simon Pegg, as far as we know, isn’t actually involved with this particular Star Trek movie, so he may not be up to date on what’s going on with the script and the development process.
The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith has been hired to pen the script for this Star Trek movie, based on Quentin Tarantino’s idea. Tarantino is currently getting ready to shoot Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will take place in the late 1960s and involves the Manson family, with Margot Robbie being eyed to play Sharon Tate. Once that’s done, he doesn’t have any other directorial projects lined up.
Reportedly, if Quentin Tarantino ultimately likes the script for this Star Trek movie enough, he will actually direct it. It still hasn’t been revealed if this will take the place of what would be Star Trek 4, or if Tarantino will utilize the current cast members for his movie. We’ll have to see how this all shakes out but, according to Simon Pegg, it may not be set in stone that this movie is going to be R-rated. This news comes to us courtesy of Comicbook.com.