The next film could take a very different direction with Quentin Tarantino involved in the project.
A story broke earlier this week which surprised us all - Quentin Tarantino could be making a Star Trek movie. Now Deadline has not only brought word about who Abrams has put together for the writers room, but also that Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek will be rated R! While big-budget, R-rated studio films were the norm in the '80s and '90s (Terminator 2, Rambo III, True Lies, The Matrix), the practice died down in the 2000s, with many previously-violent and profanity-laden franchises downgraded to PG-13 (Die Hard, Terminator, etc).
William Shatner, the original Star Trek Captain Kirk, took to Twitter to make light of the news. The expensive R film has only come back into vogue in recent years with tentpoles like Mad Max: Fury Road, Logan, Deadpool, and Blade Runner 2049.
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The plan is for a script for the new "Star Trek" film to be written while Tarantino works on his next movie and then he would return to direct the latest sequel and boldly go where no "Star Trek" film has gone before. If he's selected, he will overtake Justin Lin who directed 2016's Star Trek Beyond.
Tarantino is still hoping to be the director since he's a huge Star Trek fan himself. Pearce's script credits include Iron Man 3, Sherlock Holmes 3, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and the TV series Runaway TV; he just directed his script Hotel Artemis; Beer's credits are mostly upcoming, and include the Doug Liman-directed Chaos Walking, as well as Godzilla Vs. Kong, Masters of the Universe, Barbarella and Dungeons and Dragons, all big scale stuff.
It will be interesting to see if this iteration gets made. His 1969-set Manson Murders drama that he's shooting next summer is #9, which would make Star Trek #10 if he indeed makes it. Knowing Tarantino, it should be violent but entertaining at the same time.