So, Quentin Tarantino's proposed R-Rated Star Trek script has been controversial, to say the least. I mean, this is still the same fanbase of nerdbombers who freaked out when Discovery recently let one its characters drop an F-Bomb like it wasn't a big deal or anything (face it, dorks, we need "fucks" in space).
But not so fast, y'all. Simon Pegg has reportedly heard QT's pitch, and says that it's not as "adult" as we were once led to believe. Speaking with journalists at the recent Empire Awards, Pegg said:
"I don’t think [Quentin Tarantino has] written an R-Rated Star Trek script. I think what happened is he went to J.J. [Abrams] with an idea that he’s had for awhile. 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 just 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 it’s in the mix, so we’ll see.”
There's a lot of weird mixed messages in that quote, as it almost makes it sound like Pegg doesn't know that The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith was hired to pen the screenplay for the new Trek picture (which, obviously, can't be the case). Furthermore, the whole "writer's room" approach Abrams is taking when developing the movie might actually water down QT's initial concept (though, since Quentin's still reportedly wanting to direct and co-produce the movie, I wouldn't count on it being anything but his jam through and through).
Our own Andrew Todd offered up his take on what we should probably expect from a Tarantino Trek, which may crib from a classic Next Generation episode:
"Tarantino's pitch - if it's anything like what he describes in the interview - would seem to revolve around the Next Generation Season 3 episode Yesterday's Enterprise. One of the best episodes in the franchise's history, it deals with time travel and alternate realities, forcing Picard and his crew to choose between altering the timeline to save the mysteriously reappeared USS Enterprise-C, throwing the quadrant into war, or saving the timeline and dooming that ship and her crew. A classic trolley-problem episode, only with significantly higher stakes."
To be fair, it'd be hard to judge a potential MPAA rating from just a pitch, but when you combine Pegg's disbelief with Andrew's digging into what the movie could possibly be, it actually starts to add up. Sure, Tarantino may have asked permission from Paramount to potentially make an R-Rated movie, but that doesn't mean it's definitely going to end up that way. Plus, for all of his smutty idiosyncracies, QT reveres geeky tradition at heart, so if he's trying to make a feature-length episodic Trek installment, profanity may be a bridge too far (if we're talking strict source fidelity).
Either way, it's too early to know anything about what the movie's going to end up looking like. Plus, QT's knee deep in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood* right now, so all of this is wild, baseless speculation that should probably be disregarded outright until further notice.
*Actual greatest title ever.