That idea began to gain traction last December, when it was reported that Tarantino had an idea for the fourth Star Trek movie featuring the current cast and was possibly interested in directing it. Soon after that came the speculation that the movie would have to be rated R — since Tarantino has never directed anything without that rating — and that both Paramount Pictures and producer J.J. Abrams were on board for that.
But now Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the films and co-wrote 2016's Star Trek Beyond with Doug Jung, has addressed the question of Tarantino doing an R-rated Trek movie in a new interview with Hey U Guys (via Den of Geek):
“I don’t think (Tarantino has) written an R-rated Star Trek script. I think what happened is he went to J.J. with an idea that he’s 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 J.J. and I think J.J.’s kind of like considering putting it into a writing room. We got an email just saying ‘Guess what? Guess who came into the office the other day?’ So, I don’t know much about it other than the fact that it’s just sort of in the mix, so we’ll see.”
That writing room session apparently took place already: according to reports at the time, Tarantino pitched his idea to a room that included writers Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and one or two others, with Smith making the best pitch back to Tarantino and landing the gig. Where it has gone from there — and whether Pegg himself will be involved in the writing again — remains a mystery for now.
We do know, however, that both William Shatner and Patrick Stewart have expressed interest in appearing as Captains Kirk and Picard respectively in a Tarantino-directed Trek movie, with stars like Zachary Quinto (Spock) and Karl Urban (Dr. McCoy) waiting to hear as well about the next mission of the good ship Enterprise. Tarantino himself is directing his own original movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, first, so it will be some time before he can turn his full attention to Trek.
In the meantime, what do you make of Pegg's remarks? Do you think Paramount will ultimately step back from making the first R-rated Star Trek film in the franchise's history?