ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish Eyed to Helm STAR TREK 3; Summer 2014 Shoot Planned

     November 2, 2013


While we certainly haven’t been short on news regarding the very busy schedule J.J. Abrams has in front of him with regards to Star Wars: Episode VII, the filmmaker has also been juggling producing duties on the next installment of Star Trek at the same time.  Abrams’ Episode VII schedule prevents him from directing Star Trek 3, but he’s staying involved with the franchise as the producer of the Into Darkness follow-up, and now it appears that Abrams and his team are zeroing in on who will take over as the director of the Trek franchise.  The exciting contender for the job is Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish.  Hit the jump for more.

star-trek-3-sequel-joe-cornishThere has been no shortage of rumors with regards to the director’s chair of Star Trek 3 over the last few months, as both Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) have been mentioned in connection with the gig.  Wyatt felt the most likely possibility, and Abrams went so far as to unofficially endorse the filmmaker for the job, but the Apes director recently committed to directing The Gambler remake at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg set to star, seemingly complicating his schedule.

So who is actually close to landing the gig?  Deadline reports that Paramount and Skydance Productions are very keen on Joe Cornish directing Star Trek 3, which would be a major opportunity for the Attack the Block helmer.  Cornish made his directorial debut with the well-received 2011 sci-fi film and has collaborated with filmmaker Edgar Wright on the scripts for The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man, so he certainly seems well prepared to step up into the big leagues.  Cornish showed an excellent eye for action and character with Attack the Block, and I feel like he’s a really solid choice to take the helm of the Trek franchise.

There’s no official deal just yet, but Deadline notes that Paramount is readying Star Trek 3 to start filming in summer 2014, which would mean a late 2015 or 2016 release is possible (the latter is more likely).  If the studio is indeed making moves to start production next year, expect to hear more word on Trek 3 in the coming months.

What do you think dear readers?  Is Cornish a solid choice to take over the Star Trek franchise while Abrams busies himself with lightsabers and whatnot?  Who would be your dream pick to helm Star Trek 3?  Sound off in the comments below.


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  • Ched Groundheggin

    ILM + a good script – a so so director = probably a decent movie

    • The Flobbit

      In the case of The Lone Ranger, ILM + bad script + so so director = decent movie. The movie had gold in it, but it really needed an edit. A severe one.

      • Aaron Sullivan

        Just about every Gore Verbinski film actually has that exact problem for me. I wish someone could convince him because there’s so much of his sensibilities that I enjoy. It’s interesting that Rango was one of his most solid films probably because it had to be much tighter being animated and all.

      • The Flobbit

        Rango was an amazing, visually stunning, gorgeously crafted and very witty animated film. It told me Verbinski could do great things. The Lone Ranger was visually stunning, had a great cast, AMAZING cinematography (that shot with the watch in the guys hand, with Tonto on the horse in the background…that should be taught in film class) decent acting (stupid Tonto jokes aside), perfect costumes, makeup, and score from Hans Zimmer. It was actually quite enjoyable…

        But the story was a mess – the framing device with old Tonto is HUGELY unnecessary, the cartoony tone was bad, and the screenplay needed severe changes, but by all accounts it should not have flopped.

        The critics kept people away, damning the film before audiences anywhere could even see it. Honestly…it wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. But that’s just me…

  • IllusionOfLife

    Joe Cornish is a good choice, and after the slow-motion train wreck that was INTO DARKNESS it’d be a welcome change of pace, but with Orci and Kurtzman on script duties for TREK it’s really hard to get excited.

    • MattWMott

      Agreed. For me, the major difference between the original franchise and the new one is that the original felt like it was written by creative grown-ups. That was better, in my opinion.

  • The Flobbit

    Give Wyatt the job already. Glad they’re firing Abrams, seeking better blood.

    • pickaname

      Haha, nobody is “firing” Abrams. You really wanna believe that, don’t you?

      • Johnny Bubonic

        He’d like to believe lots of things, none of which are actually true.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge


      • MEY

        Let’s fire The Flobbit! :)

      • The Flobbit

        Technically you can’t fire me unless I am doing a job…

      • The Flobbit

        Regardless of Abrams position in the film, Star Trek Into Darkness was a crapfest, and it’s sequel will likely be a crapfest if it is written by Lindelof, Kurtzman, and Orci – Abrams’s best buddies. All franchises at some point need a new director and direction to kickstart their game – look at Fast and Furious, for instance. I believe that giving a talented but B-list director like Cornish or Wyatt the job, the Trek franchise can go new and bolder places, rather than retread the same old JJ crap.

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  • Stuntman Mike

    I want Abrams, Kurtzman and Orci to be gone completely altogether and get an actual Trek fan involved. It’d never happen, but I’d love to see Tarantino’s take on it.

    • eternalozzie

      JJ & Co have established the characters and brand … whoever takes over isn’t going redo anything they have done … they will keep the feel the same lense flares and all … time for old school whiny trekkies to get over it … there’s a new trek in town and it’s here to stay.

      • Johnny Bubonic

        I’m sure someone said the same thing about Next Generation, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. Nothing is permanent.

      • Gojiro

        Gene Roddenberry established the characters and brand back in the 1960′s.

        I doubt very much if anyone will be dying to watch LOST fifty years from now, or the “rebooted” Wrath of Khan.

    • bombinUSA

      a true trek fan would have the entire 120 run time of the movie take place in the entertise discussing back and forth about the morality of attacking the klingons or something. congratulations you have a movie that will make 35 million world wide. lol. trek fans need to realize that there are very few of you and your stupid boring ideas doesn’t make anyone money!

      • lordjim

        yeah, sure that is why star trek has been around for decades you childish moron.but if your goal is being “creative” just for the money, then i have to agree that nowadays you don´t need a good script or movie at all, there are enough retarded and tasteless teenagers that will watch garbage like transformers, same as they prefer mc donald´s to an actual burger.tarkovsky could make masterpieces in communist russia he wouldn´t be able to get financed in the united states – greed destroyed creative freedom in the so called land of the free, congratulations!when you grow up one day you might realise that there won´t be no movies left for your age so better stay dumb.

      • bombinUSA

        what the hell are you babbling about? not at any point did i understand the random gibberish that you were spewing. tarkovsky? huh? mcdonalds?

      • lordjim

        huh?wow, okay, now i understand why you couldn´t enjoy old star trek.please excuse me, i feel sorry for you.

      • bombinUSA

        what the hell are you babbling about? not at any point did i understand the random gibberish that you were spewing. tarkovsky? huh? mcdonalds?

  • Chris

    Attack the block was a Shite movie.

    • bilbo bagshot

      really? I agree it wasn’t as great as critics were wanting us to believe. but it is far from being ‘shite’. it was an OK movie.

    • bombinUSA

      Your opinion doesn’t matter, so thanks for nothing retard.

      • Johnny Bubonic

        And yours does?

      • bombinUSA

        did i say it did? learn how to read you stupid idiot.

  • bilbo bagshot

    aawh man i was hoping for Brad Bird. he will be perfect for ST3

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  • ScratStitch

    I would clone Abrams so he could do both this and Star Wars.

  • ScratStitch

    I would clone Abrams so he could do both this and Star Wars.

    • bombinUSA

      Yup Abrams made 2 really enjoyable movies, trek fans make up like 3% of the people that actually watched the movie…the vocal idiots should shut up and accept the fact that trekkies are essentially extinct. THANK GOD! Shut your mouth you stupid nerds.

      • Johnny Bubonic

        Your opinion doesn’t matter, etc.

      • bombinUSA

        awwww you’re like a lil dog following me around, how cute. i’ll gladly pick you up and drop you at the korean restaurant you lil bltch.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge

        I think you’ll find many of the “vocal idiots” are the same person..spewing their hate vomit as far as they can.

        There are a lot of Trek fans who like what Abrams did. Some didn’t.
        I really don’t get why every fucking comment thread on this site has to degrade into an Abrams hate fest. It’s pathetic.

      • lordjim

        yeah trekkies are extinct that is why “into darkness” stole every single idea from older star trek and mixed them together for an incoherent at least it´s gonna be impossible to steal anything from “into darkness”.

  • Joseph M

    Joe from ‘Adam and Joe’ is directing Trek III on the strength of Attack The Block? Sorry Trekkies. We Star Wars people feel and understand your Abrams-related pain. I once said I hoped Nolan wouldn’t be doing SWEP7. I take it back – all of it. I think he would have created something new and contemporary and retained the essence of the SW Universe without resorting to crude nostalgia and parody. And, as the leaks from Bad Robot interns suggest a vicious new Sith movement, I think he would have gave it just the right amount of edge and foreboding.

    • The_Smirking_Revenge

      As a Star Wars fan, I do not share your “I haven’t seen it, but I hate it already” mentality. Sure, I’m weary, but due to the horrific Prequels, not Abrams involvement.

      Abrams is a strong choice, in my opinion. Hopefully he’ll bring back to Star Wars a sense of wonder, adventure, and likeable characters, all of which were sadly lacking in the recent Star Wars films.

      ST III is the third sequel and will most-likely suffer the same fate as most 3rd sequels… Regardless who’s involved. Especially now that Abrams won’t be there to keep the Studios from rushing it out.

      • MEY

        I love you. :)

  • bombinUSA

    the new iterations of star trek are infinitely better than the crap with shatner and nimoy…wrath of khan was a boring and garbage movie….i don’t know why trekkies were so mad that abrams did a better version. lol
    people that like to think the originals were better, sorry you’re not smarting than me for enjoying plodding storylines that go nowhere.

    • Johnny Bubonic

      Your opinion doesn’t matter. You know the rest.

      • bombinUSA

        lol you’re stupid retard ass is so mad. bwahhhahha. bltch boi

      • Johnny Bubonic

        Yeah. I am clearly the one with emotional problems.

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  • Corylea

    What they need to pay attention to is who WRITES THE SCRIPT, since the script for “Into Darkness” was pretty bad. Get a real science fiction writer (e.g. Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert J. Sawyer, or Connie Willis) to write the story, then hire Dorothy Fontana to Trekkize it.

    Everything starts with the script. Pay attention to that first.

  • SomeGuy

    Slow burn, meditative, and philosophical. These are attributes that should be included in the next film. Though, it’s the majority that rule. Not us Trek fans.

  • Btbcc12859

    I like him as a direector but I am not sure I want him for Star Trek. Is guillermo del toro, Neill Blomkamp, or Jonathan Frakes, he did a decent job on First Contact

  • Pk

    I was hoping Matt reeves or Shane black would direct this one. Attack the block was a sub par movie. Didn’t understand what those fucking kids were saying what with their street lingos

    • y

      shane black???? really??????…. after Iron “Piece of shit” Man 3…. u have to be kidding

  • Strong Enough

    Michael Giacchino? will he return?

  • the truth


    Apparently Paramount has not learned from their previous two jj abrams abomination star trek remakes. Two of the worst movies I have seen that have nothing to do with Star Trek.

    i was hoping this was news of another Star Trek – The Next Generation film. The real Star Trek 11. Oh well, dumbasses at Paramount, oh and jj abrams and his film people, and his fans are shit heads.

    • what

      How old are you? Cause if you say you’re older than 10, it would be a really sad moment.

  • derek

    Star trek was so lame before Abrams made two films about it. And anyone else that thinks otherwise should turn their phasers to low beam and sit on it.

  • Maxi Mounds Fap

    Really not interested in any more star trek remakes. The two were flashy piss poor films.

  • sashwan

    Lame……I bet you Gene Roddenberry is rolling in his ashes in his grave and cringing at this remake abomination that paramount and jj have caused. I know I am cringing. No more remake shit!

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