Karl Urban Says The Film Needs R-rating To Portray Horrors Of Space

The Star Trek movie franchise is in an interesting place right now. Star Trek 4, the planned sequel to 2016’s Beyond, recently hit a significant snag when negotiations broke down with both Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth.

However, it sounds like Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project is still going strong (even if it’s still years away from happening) and Karl Urban recently spoke about the the project, calling it, “bananas.”

Karl Urban discusses QT’s Star Trek plans

Urban, who plays Doctor Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy, confirmed as much, revealing what he knows about Tarantino’s plans:

“Quentin Tarantino went in to J.J.’s offices and pitched him an idea for a Star Trek movie. I know a little bit about what that is, and it’s bananas. So, they are writing that as well. He is currently making a film with Brad Pitt and and DiCaprio [Once Upon a Time in Hollywood]. So, it is going to be a year away from finishing that.

So, it would be really rad to get to make a film with him. That would be a dream come true, he is definitely an auteur. Whether you like his films or not, he is a good filmmaker. And he makes interesting stuff. So, to me, that is when you get the best results.”

There have been rumors that it could be a new cast or even include those from the original timeline but it sounds as if it is the current cast which he has in mind for his take:

“I was personally delighted he was not only a Star Trek fan but also interested in working with our cast. It’s not only a new story, but he is just one of those filmmakers that has a very unique and specific vision. And he totally utilizes the camera to tell the story. I think he would make a great Star Trek movie, I really do.”

And Urban himself sounds well up for being involved:

“I think that Tarantino would be able to do something quite unique. So, fingers crossed that will happen. It is in the hands of Paramount. If we don’t get to make [Star Trek 4] next year with Chris Hemsworth, then that’s ok, let’s make a really good Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie. You will have to wait longer, but it will be well worth it.”


Urban concluded by discussing the R-rating:

“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.”

How do you feel about Tarantino doing a Star Trek film?

I’ve seen all his movies and don’t plan on stopping. Yet, his style doesn’t feel like right for the franchise, what do you reckon?