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.
There 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.