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Quentin Tarantino Very Likely Directing a Rated R ‘Star Trek’ Movie!

We learned this week that Quentin Tarantino had pitched a Star Trek film to Paramount and J.J. Abrams, and now Deadline is reporting that early development has already begun. Tarantino just spent hours in a writers room with Mark L. Smith, Lindsay Beer and Drew Pearce, throwing around ideas in the quest to hire one of them to write the script.

According to the site, Smith, who wrote The Revenant, is the frontrunner.

Most exciting/unexpected of all? Tarantino, who plans on directing, made Paramount and Abrams agree to the film being “R” rated, which would be a first for the franchise.

Let’s recap all the crazy ideas at play here:

  • 1) Tarantino directing a franchise film
  • 2) Tarantino directing a film he’s not writing
  • 3) A franchise film he didn’t write potentially being Tarantino’s final film
  • 4) Star Trek getting an R rated movie

Why the hell not, right? If Tarantino wants to do it, we damn sure want him to!



  • This is insane and I love it.

  • Marla

    While I’m not completely on board with this any film that doesn’t have Abrams at the helm can only be an improvement.

    • ShadowInc


  • Necro

    I’m really not a fan of ‘Star Trek’, what’s that? a rated R film in the franchise?! and Tarantino’s directing?! Well sign me up, I guess there is a first time for everything.

  • DJV1985

    Not to sure on this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of Star Trek and Tarantino but whether the two should mix and in Tarantino’s style just is something that I’m not so sure about. I mean it could work but it isn’t really Star Trek now is it? I mean I’d love a proper war film say over two films as a Klingon War film (not the Borg) and have it in the style of a down and gritty war film but yh I think Star Trek isn’t suited to R-Rated films.

  • Adaaification

    And all the Trekkies are screaming that Discovery is to dark and gritty and so its not Star Trek because of it. Well, when Tarantino unleashes his vision on Star Trek, lets just say that Discovery will Look like a sunshine happy series xD

  • Creepshow

    I’ll get this out of the way first. I’m not a huge Tarantino fan (I walked out of Pulp Fiction). There are maybe (just maybe) two films of his, that I enjoy enough to watch throughout.

    I could maybe dig a “not written by, but directed by” Tarantino film (unfortunately it’s Star Trek). I’d at least like to see the difference between the two. And c’mon people, we can say the same goddamn thing about Rob Zombie (aka Robert Bartleh Cummings). It would at least be interesting to see.

    • Rohan

      You think that Rob Zombie is as good as Quentin Tarantino?

      • Samael

        That does appear to be the comparison that he is making.

      • Creepshow

        I didn’t say that. My point is, it would be interesting to see RZ direct something he didn’t write (and didn’t have his fucking wife in), before I completely write him off.

        • Rohan

          I agree 100%. Devils Rejects would’ve been great if they got someone else for her part. She is so awful it’s cringy. Not to say I didn’t like devils rejects, I actually thought it was pretty good, but she almost ruined it for me.

    • Gotta agree. I know Tarantino is talented but I don’t find all of his movies to be home runs. While I didn’t walk out of Pulp Fiction, I didn’t care for any of it not starring Uma Thurman. This could be interesting.

  • Skiptomylou

    If this turns out as bad as The Hateful Eight, it might destroy the franchise. Tarantino’s bent is blood, crazy, endless dialogue, and profanity, the antithesis of Star Trek. Bad idea.

  • jasonlives1986

    Sounds like that time he was gonna do a Friday the 13th movie.

    No way he actually goes through with this

  • BCB

    Ooohhh myyyyyyy!

  • AlsDisciple
    • Creepshow

      *head gets phazed off*

      • AlsDisciple

        Say ‘nuq’ again. Say ‘nuq’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say ‘nuq’ one more Goddamn time!

        • Mike tantatelli

          Nu nu nuq?

          • Saturn

            Enough of the N word!

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    R is too much for a Star Trek movie, i would prefer something closer to the show

  • zombie84_41

    If this all becomes true I’ll seriously freak the fuck out and if that ends up being his final movie ever then fucking A what an amazing way to end your career. So if there really truly is a GOD make this happen. Please make it this happen.

  • ShadowInc

    Ya know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese on Romulus?

    • Saturn


  • KnegaKnick

    I watch everything Tarantino does the first night it premieres. Sign me up.

  • Anthony Gulino

    how many times can they say ‘Nigga” in Klingon ???

  • Black Panther

    I don’t really care about Star Trek but Tarantino directing it might make it interesting enough to watch. I have some issues with Tarantino’s racist dialogues, even if he claims it’s not racist, it’s authentic… I don’t call my friends and family niggas xD But as a director, he’s really great, simple as that. I’ve never been bored in any of his movies.

  • Brad Tyler

    At first I was really not sure about this idea. I adore Tarantino’s work and the recent Star Trek films (I hate the original films and the series). However, the more I hear about this the more excited I am about it. But a Tarantino film not written by him isn’t really a Tarantino film. I’m really not sure how this is all going to work but I’m keen as hell to see it.

  • Alanmac

    Don’t really care much about Star Trek and I can’t stand Tarantino’s personality but this may be an interesting mash up. I think most of his movies are terrible but as long as he didn’t write this then it may warrant a viewing.

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  • Mark

    can not see them doing it R rated, the movies have not really been making much money as it is…making it R rated would stop a big chunk of people going to see it, and why would it need to be R rated anyway…its star trek lol

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