Rumor: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION Director Jon M. Chu in the Running to Helm STAR TREK 3

     August 5, 2013


Despite the Khan debacle, director J.J. Abrams’ sequel Star Trek Into Darkness grossed $450 million worldwide after kicking off the summer movie season earlier this year.  Obviously Paramount is keen on continuing the franchise sooner rather than later, but Abrams will be tied up with this little thing called Star Wars for at least the next two years so it’s unlikely that he will be returning to direct Star Trek 3.  As such, fans have been speculating as to which filmmaker might step in and take control of the Trek series while Abrams remains onboard in a producing capacity.  Now a new report has surfaced claiming that a relatively fresh talent has surfaced as the frontrunner to direct the next Trek film: G.I. Joe: Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu.  [Update: Chu's reps denied that their client is up for the project.  We believe the frontrunner may be Rupert Wyatt.]

Hit the jump for more, including why Chu actually directing Star Trek 3 is unlikely to happen. 

star-trek-3-zachary-quinto-chris-pineParamount is hoping to have Star Trek 3 in theaters in 2016 in order to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the property, which means that the studio is currently on the hunt for a new director.  While names like Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) were thrown around a few months ago, the folks over at Latino Review are now hearing that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is currently at the top of the list.  The studio is clearly high on Chu after the box office success of Retaliation, and they’ve already tapped Chu to return and direct G.I. Joe 3.  The third Joe film doesn’t have a release date just yet, but given that Chu is currently deep in prep mode on the film, one imagines a 2015 release is in the cards.

Given the proposed release dates of G.I. Joe 3 and Star Trek 3, Chu would be forced to exit Joe 3—a film he appears to be very enthusiastic about—in order to take on the directing job of Trek 3.  We’re also hearing a different name being bandied about in relation to the Star Trek 3 director’s chair, but we’re not ready to report it at this time.  As such, even though Chu’s name may very well be on a shortlist, it’s unlikely that he will actually be the filmmaker who ends up directing Star Trek 3.

What about you, dear readers?  Who would you like to see take over for Abrams as the director of Trek 3?  Sound off in the comments below.



  • Devin Reed

    Episode VII will be released in 2015, meaning J.J. is busy for the next two years, not three (and likely even less than that, if principal photography and the bulk of post production is finished up by early 2015).

    That said, I don’t think Chu is the right man for Trek.

    • Smith Campbell Powers

      Abrams may not even be doing Star Wars anymore. He doesn’t want to film in London for 8 months.

      • Bob

        That was rumor. Disney came out and made a statement saying Abrams is directing Star Wars.

  • Bronsolino

    Chu be smoking dabs with me at Flushing Market. Son isn’t into Trek. This report is on some bullshit.

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      What in the hell was that?

    • Strong Enough

      LMAO. is that the real Action Bronson? no way

  • malk

    No no no no. Absolutely wrong choice.

  • Bob

    Khan debacle? He was the best villain by far this year so far, even better than all villains last year.

    And that would be a horrible choice to direct and end the trilogy. Just watched Retaliation, it was awful.

    • axalon

      Why didn’t they just say it was Khan though? It was their whole “we can’t sayyyyy who it is!” and then it just ended up being him anyway.

      But yes, Chu is not a good choice for this franchise.

    • Hop

      You’re wrong. You’re just hopelessly, incomparably wrong.

      • Bob

        This is a series of false statements. Who was a better villain? Not Loki?Nit Bane? Not Lolol Mandarin? Not the terrible Viper and Silver Sam from Wolverine? Not Zod?

        Yes, Khan has been the best villain this year for sure.

  • ekoville

    WTF?!?! Hollywood is going mad ? G.I Joe 2 was a bullshit movie , why ruin Star Trek ? hire e big and good director.

  • The Exploiter

    What a horrifying prospect.

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  • Allen

    You guys stop quoting Latino Reviews please!! There’s nothing there except fake scoops… Geez… They say Ryan Gosling gonna be in Star Wars, they say Chris Nolan and Christian Bale will be back to Justice League, they say… Basically if the source is Latino Review, the news can go to trash.

  • marrowbonez

    They should get Brett Ratner to finish off the trilogy

    • Christopher

      I lol’d.

  • Craig

    Joseph Kosinski. Has similar directing to J.J. but I believe he is better and a better story teller.
    Spielberg might be a good idea too but I doubt he would want to get into Star Trek.

  • Victor Pleitez

    Although i understand why some trekkies are upset with J.J and his lense flare fueled reboot/re-imagining of the franchise, i believe it is safe to assume this won’t sit will any one. Honestly retaliation is a bad movie, it’s the kind you would watch with friends during a night of drinking. Plus didn’t paramount have trouble producing gi joe with this guy? This kind of genre would be too much for him.

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  • Btbcc12859

    NO! NO! NO! On what universe is Chu on JJ Abrams level.

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Alex freaking Proyas!!!

  • ZladSupersonik

    Please no.

  • Brett

    “From the director of Step Up 3D, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”

  • Melissa


    Get someone more intersting…..someone with a sophisitcated backrground…do something good with the movie…..ugh….lazy choiche here if they pic this guy.

    I want someone like….idk..there is no one ….but someone who will do something unique with the series. JJ makes it LOOK fun but I am not compelled by the stories and u can get desenitized the his stylish directing before the movie is over.

    I want NEW writers and a more inspired choice for director …please!!!

    Just like with Transformers…Bay should NOOOOOOT be doing 4th..he had 5 years and 3 movies …GIVE SOMEONE ELSE a turn.

    now we have to WAIT for what ever the f#ck the 4th movie will be….

    I want a good TF movie and a good ST movie that is done by people who know how to do something interesting and original with stories and characters…..not just flash and bang.

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  • Nathaniel ressex

    John Chu, stick with G.I. Joe 3 and Masters Of The Universe movies, do not go to the remake shit star trek remakes by the pathetic jj!

  • Hop

    I don’t care WHO takes over, just get that overrated hack Abrams out of the damn way! Let Michael Bay or Brett Ratner do it for all I care.

  • Hop

    AHA! Rupert Wyatt! Now there is a great director!

  • Pk

    Matt reeves wouldn’t be bad choice but I’m definitely on board with rupees wyatt to direct