Mark L. Smith is boldly going where Quentin Tarantino is daring to go: an R-rated Star Trek film.
The screenwriter behind The Revenant and the horror film Vacancy was said to be Paramount Pictures’ top choice to pen the new film, while Lindsey Beer (Kingkiller Chronicle) and Drew Pearce (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) were reportedly in the running as well. A rep for the studio has now confirmed to EW that Smith is officially aboard.
J.J. Abrams is producing this iteration of Star Trek, with the plan being for Tarantino to direct. (Smith is also working on the screenplay for Julius Avery’s Overlord, which Abrams is producing through Bad Robot.)
According to previous reports, Tarantino intends to bring an R rating to the Star Trek franchise, in the spirit of how Deadpool and Logan revitalized those X-Men properties.
CBS premiered Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access this year, while there have thus far been 13 Star Trek films. The last one, 2016’s Star Trek Beyond, made $343.5 million worldwide, and a green light for another installment remained elusive.
Tarantino, however, is also busy at work on his Charles Manson film, which is said to be set against the backdrop of the infamous Tate-LaBianca murders. Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio are reportedly on the docket for potential roles.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news about Smith.