Last weekend, Karl Urban made an appearance at New York's Trekonderoga festival, and you know what that means: poor Karl Urban got asked a bunch of questions about Quentin Tarantino's long-rumored but increasingly unlikely Star Trek movie.
The folks over at TrekMovie.com have rounded up a number of quotes from Urban about the project, many of which reiterate things we already suspected (Tarantino's proposed Trek movie would feature the Nu-Trek - or Kelvin - cast, his concept for the film is "bananas", Urban thinks Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine will eventually work out their pay disagreements with Paramount), but there's one quote in particular that really grabbed our attention.
Here's Urban on why Tarantino's Star Trek might, as rumored, be rated R:
"You shouldn’t worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff. He wants an R-rating to really make those beats of consequence land. If it’s not PG, if someone gets sucked out into space, which we have all seen before, we might see them get disemboweled first…It allows some some breadth…gives him some leeway to do that. To me, that was always one of the things I loved about what DeForest Kelley did. He would actually capture the horror of space. That look in his eyes of sheer terror always struck me when I was a kid."
Gotta admit: the idea of Tarantino delivering a Star Trek that leans into the horror of space is very compelling. I mean, we assumed "an R-rated Trek" didn't automatically mean Tarantino would have Spock calling Sulu a motherfucker, but it's nevertheless intriguing to learn that this is what Tarantino might want that rating for.
Hm. Wonder who he wants to disembowel.
Anyway, we remain wildly skeptical that a Tarantino-directed Trek (which, as a reminder, is not set to be written by the director) will actually occur, but we love hearing these little pieces of gossip. Stay tuned for further updates as they roll in, head on over to TrekMovie to read the rest of Urban's thoughts, and/or sound off below if you've got anything to add here.