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.
Buried 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.