Apparently, Quentin Tarantino’s R-rated Star Trek is still and actual thing that’s happening. It’s either that, or it’s one of the more effective geekdom pranks in recent memory; or it might all fall apart before it reaches any sort of production. Whatever the case, the movie has found a writer, who is not named Quentin Tarantino.
Mark L. Smith has been appointed the task of writing this R-rated Star Trek, and adding all the salty language and bloodshed. Smith has plenty of experience with violent screenplays, having recently written The Revenant. Other credits include Vacancy and Martyrs, and some other B-grade stuff. According to the report, Smith beat out Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation scribe Drew Pearce. What’s even more unusual is Smith is writing the screenplay and not Quentin Tarantino.
It doesn’t make a ton of sense that Tarantino would be so eager to direct, specifically, an R-rated Star Trek movie, and then not write it himself. Especially since that’s kind of his bag. Hopefully this means he is handing over the storytelling on this one to Smith and J.J. Abrams, who is producing, while he handles the infinitely more interesting 1969 “Charles Manson not Charles Manson” movie in the meantime.
Stay tuned for more super weird updates as they pop up.