The Star Trek franchise "Star Trek: Discovery," and now one of its films will reportedly be R-rated.
Not surprisingly, the idea for the bold new film comes from Quentin Tarantino, who basically doesn't get out of bed for anything less than an R rating. The "Pulp Fiction" director pitched his concept to producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount last week with the stipulation that the film be R-rated, according to Deadline. Although studios have traditionally steered away from the restricted rating due to its impact on box office revenue, Tarantino reportedly got his way.
There were likely multiple factors that convinced Abrams and the studio to run with the project. We assume that Tarantino's idea must have been one they couldn't refuse. It couldn't have hurt, either, that he has won multiple Academy Awards over the years. On top of that, "Deadpool" proved last year that even R-rated films can make a splash at the box office. The film grossed more than $783.1 million on a production budget of $58 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
The Star Trek film is reportedly moving quickly. Tarantino may be the one to direct, and Mark L. Smith, Lindsey Beer, and Drew Pearce are all said to be in contention to write the script. So far, no timeline for the film's release has been revealed.