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Star Trek's Bones actor Karl Urban gives update on Quentin Tarantino's version, says it could be R-rated

Star Trek‘s Karl Urban has revealed more details than ever before about Quentin Tarantino’s rumoured R-rated sequel currently in development.

While speculation continues to swirl about the fate of Star Trek 4 following Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth both dropping out over a salary dispute, Paramount has commissioned The Revenant‘s Mark L. Smith to script an additional story concept created by Tarantino for a future movie.

Little has been publicly revealed about the project by Paramount, but Urban — who plays Enterprise doctor Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy — told fans at the Trekonderoga convention recently that his cast would feature in the Tarantino concept (via TrekMovie).

“I know a little bit about what that is, and it’s bananas,” he revealed. “So, they are writing that as well.”

The actor later teased: “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.”

Tarantino’s story is rumoured to be far grittier than previous Star Trek movies, and may even be R-rated when all is said and done. However, Urban has echoed co-star Simon Pegg’s recent assurances that it won’t simply be “Pulp Fiction in space”.

“You shouldn’t worry that it is going to be full of obscenity and stuff,” Urban told fans at the convention. “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.”

The Bones actor admitted that while he’s keen to do both Star Trek 4 and the Tarantino movie, he’s fine with bypassing 4 if the contractual situation with Chris Hemsworth can’t be figured out.

“If we don’t get to make [Star Trek 4] next year with Chris Hemsworth, then that’s okay, let’s make a really good Quentin Tarantino Star Trek movie,” Urban explained. “You will have to wait longer, but it will be well worth it.”

Fans will be waiting for the Tarantino sequel because the filmmaker is currently shooting his own ’60s thriller Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, ahead of its release next year.

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