After it was announced three days ago that Quentin Tarantino and J.J. Abrams were developing a Star Trek movie together, further details have emerged which suggests that the space epic is not merely a rumor and is actually going to happen.

One of the major sticking points was the rating for the movie. Whereas Tarantino has always dabbled in more risqué fair – resulting in an R-rating from the MPAA for all of his films – tentpole franchises like Star Trek have preferred to dabble in PG-13 territory because it is accessible to more people.

Deadline is reporting that Paramount has agreed to Tarantino’s R-rated terms. Additionally, we get a better understanding from their coverage that Tarantino would only be directing the film and it would be written by The Revenant scribe, Mark L. Smith (based on an idea by Tarantino).

As we noted in our original coverage, “The Pulp Fiction director is a self-confessed super fan of the original series, saying in a 2015 interview with The Nerdist: “The only thing that limited them was their ’60s budget and eight-day shooting schedule. You could take some of the classic Star Trek episodes and easily expand them to 90 minutes or more and really do some amazing, amazing stuff.”

Stay tuned for more news as it develops.

In the meantime, catch-up on all the news surrounding Tarantino’s next confirmed project which will release August 9, 2019.

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