"That rating was crucially important to Tarantino", Deadline reports (because of course it was).
Paramount owns the rights to the "Star Trek" movie franchise and Abrams has either produced or directed the last three movies in the series.
Just a few days ago, the surprising news emerged that Quentin Tarantino - a man more usually know for chatty criminals, nostalgic music cues and splashes of blood - had come up with an idea for a Star Trek movie, one he'd pitched to Paramount and JJ Abrams and they'd accepted.
Work on the script will continue as Tarantino shoots his next film, an untitled period crime drama, and then he'll make any decision once that is complete. On top of that, "Deadpool" proved previous year that even R-rated films can make a splash at the box office.
Deadpool and Logan from 20th Century Fox proved to be very profitable.
Also according to the report, Tarantino has asked for an R-rating for this potential project, which is not surprising given his filmography is nearly entirely R-rated films. It's a first for the franchise, but Paramount is in something of a bind as the series has yet to really take off the way it had hoped at the box office, so clearly they've sparked to this left-field idea of having Quentin Freaking Tarantino direct it. If he's selected, he will overtake Justin Lin who directed 2016's Star Trek Beyond. Phasers were set to stun, because nobody saw this coming; Tarantino isn't known for science-fiction, and he almost always works on his own original concepts, not established cinematic universes.
Star Trek, the first film in the rebooted franchise based on Star Trek, created by Gene Roddenberry, earned more than $380 million worldwide in 2009.
It will be interesting to see if this iteration gets made. Are you excited for what's sure to be a Star Trek unlike anything we've ever seen before? Knowing Tarantino, it should be violent but entertaining at the same time.