Joe Cornish No Longer in the Running to Direct STAR TREK 3

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While the next Star Trek sequel continues to move towards a possible 2014 production start-date, it appears that the director search is far from over.  Reports have swirled for months that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish was the frontrunner to take over as director of the franchise while J.J. Abrams is busy with Star Wars: Episode VII, and Abrams himself acknowledged Cornish’s involvement in a recent interview, noting that he hoped the filmmaker’s next project would be Trek 3.  Well it appears that the pairing is not meant to be, as a new report reveals that Cornish is no longer involved in negotiations pertaining to Star Trek 3.  Hit the jump for more.

star-trek-3-zachary-quinto-chris-pineBuried in Variety’s report on the hiring of new writers for Trek 3 is the news that, while Paramount was at one point in talks with Cornish to direct the sci-fi pic, the filmmaker is no longer involved.  While the screenplay for the previous two Trek films is credited to Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof, Orci appears to be taking sole stewardship over the third film.  It was revealed last Friday that Orci has recruited newcomers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to pen the Trek 3 script with him, as Kurtzman and Lindelof will not be involved this time around.

It’s unknown what spurned talks with Cornish to fall apart, but he’s a very talented filmmaker and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what he chooses as his Attack the Block follow-up project.  He’s currently attached to direct adaptations of Snow Crash and Rust.

As for Trek 3, the producers are no doubt busy with the director search at this very moment.  What do you think, dear readers?  Who would be the best choice to take over the Trek franchise now that Cornish is out of the running?  Sound off in the comments below.


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  • Matt1

    Alfonso Cuaron.

  • Christian

    He probably heard the story pitch. “This time, instead of the crew traveling back in time to save the whales, the whales will travel forward in time to save the crew! We’ll keep the whales a secret and everyone will love us because it’s a brilliant twist on a classic plot! Plus we’ll cast Idris Elba as Admiral Cartwright and tell everyone he’s playing Nurse Chapel!”

    • Idris Elba

      Idris Elba will absolutely not play Admiral Cartwright for that role belongs to the talented and gracious Brock Peters who originally portrayed Admiral Cartwright in the previous Star Trek film.

  • Idris Elba

    If the opportunity arises, Idris Elba would gladly accept Star Trek 3 as his directorial debut as long as he can also play Jean-Luc Picard’s father, Jean-Luke Cage Picard who will determine the fate of the galaxy with a crucial choice he must make at the midpoint of the film.

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  • Leo Spaceman

    For any film that can get me to feel any sense of sympathy for a thug who pulls a knife on a woman after he has his gang surrounds her and then rob her the directing would have to be incredible. I absolutely despise the thug culture that is rife with crime and from the on set of the movie I wanted that thug piece of s**t to die painfully but by the end I was kind of rooting for him. Attack the Block’s director really pulled something great off.

  • chris

    Rian Johnson. if he does not take over Zack Snyder and Goyer at DC,

  • Nemesis11

    Brad Bird will be fantastic for Trek 3.

    • The Flobbit

      I wholeheartedly agree.

  • The Flobbit

    A shame…Joe Cornish is a great director.

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  • the truth

    Why Paramount?! Why are you making yet another star trek remake?! The two JJ abrams remake shits are abysmal, and this third one will be abysmal as well.

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