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.
Paramount 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.