Star Trek: Quentin Tarantino pushing for R-rated movie

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Now, we've gained a little more clarity on the project.

As of now, Mark L. Smith, who wrote the Academy Award winning film "The Revenant", is the current front runner to land the job to write the script for Tarantino's "Star Trek" film. It's a first for the franchise, but Paramount is in something of a bind as the series has yet to really take off the way it had hoped at the box office, so clearly they've sparked to this left-field idea of having Quentin Freaking Tarantino direct it. His next film, which is set around the Charles Manson murders, is set at Sony and was given an August 2019 release date, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the murder of Sharon Tate and four others on August 9, 1969.

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Also according to the report, Tarantino has asked for an R-rating for this potential project, which is not surprising given his filmography is nearly entirely R-rated films.

Furthermore, it's revealed that Tarantino is insisting that the eventual film carry an R rating, a condition that both Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams have ceded to. The idea of a movie that's dripping with blood and gore feels even further removed from the core optimism of Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future.

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William Shatner, the original Star Trek Captain Kirk, took to Twitter to make light of the news. Abrams, who sparked to the pitch and quickly made this official.

EvenStar Trek: Discovery, hailed as the franchise's triumphant return to television and a progressive look at an inclusive future, portrays humanity as battle-hungry, suspicious, and dismissive of the value of sentient life. This kind of movie or TV show can end up feeling boring and tedious, and it takes a master of storytelling to make hopeful optimism look cool and exciting. 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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