In a matter of days, Tarantino’s proposed Star Trek movie has gone from being a pipe dream for fans into a full-fledged production with the support of J.J. Abrams and Paramount. The writers’ room we heard about last week was compiled of Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3), and Megan Amram (NBC’s The Good Place), with plans to pick just one. Surprisingly, Tarantino was able to get Abrams and Paramount onboard with an R-rating, an obstacle that has stopped many filmmakers from getting their work finished; most notably, Guillermo del Toro’s $150 million At the Mountains of Madness movie starring Tom Cruise.
However, the recent success of films like Logan and Deadpool has forced a lot of studios to reconsider the notions that R-ratings are a box office kiss of death. Furthermore, if Tarantino did bend his rules and do a PG-13 movie, it would ultimately be a compromised vision that nobody would care about. Getting the R-rating means this will be a Quentin Tarantino movie, through and through. It also raises the stakes. People can die…violently. And with the newer, more action-oriented Star Trek movies, it might actually be good to get the R-rating for the bigger set pieces, shootouts, and fight sequences.
As far as who’s already onboard, Patrick Stewart has thrown his name into the ring. After giving an incredible performance in Logan, Stewart was a part of movie history, starring in the first R-rated Wolverine movie. Now, he can continue that trend by starring in the first R-rated Star Trek movie as Jean-Luc Picard. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart opened up about his excitement regarding this project.
“People are always saying to me, ‘Will you be Jean-Luc Picard again?’ And I cannot think that would be possible, but there are ways in which something like that might come about,” the iconic actor told The Hollywood Reporter, speaking from the sidelines of the Dubai International Film Festival, where he received an honorary award.
“But one of my dreams is to work with Tarantino. I admire his work so much, and to be in a Tarantino film would give me so much satisfaction. So, if he is going to direct something to do with Star Trek and there was the possibility of dear old Jean-Luc showing up again and doing that for Mr. Tarantino, I would embrace it.”
“The one thing that characterizes all of his movies is that frame by frame, it always challenges, always demands your attention, always demands a very kind of open and generous response to what he does,” he said. “I also love his sense of humor as a filmmaker. So yes, he would be my first choice.”
Although he’s known for playing soft-spoken characters, Patrick Stewart kicked some serious ass in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, and I wonder what Tarantino would do with a character like Picard in his take on Star Trek. We know that Tarantino is a fan of all things vintage, so he’d definitely want to stuff as many classic cameos and references as possible, but it’ll be interesting to see how the Chris Pine era of Star Trek will work alongside them. The Leonard Nimoy cameos were always a welcome treat, but knowing Tarantino, he’ll want to take it to another level.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter