STAR TREK 3 Director Shortlist Down to Five; APES Director Rupert Wyatt Considered the Frontrunner

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A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3.  Although Edgar Wright‘s name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner.  Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he’s met with the studio.  But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination.

Hit the jump for more on Paramount’s candidates for their Star Trek 3 director.  Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running.  More after the jump.]

Roberto Orci Comments on Leaving STAR TREK 3 Director’s Chair; Says He Will Remain “Very Involved”

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Last week, we learned that Roberto Orci was stepping down as the director of Star Trek 3, and I greeted this news with cautious optimism.  On the one hand, it seems like Paramount came to its senses in not letting a guy who hadn’t even directed a YouTube short film to take the reins of a major blockbuster, although previous reports say that the script was the big problem, not his glaring lack of experience.  However, it’s not like he was kicked off the lot or even off the project.

Orci confirmed his continuted involvement on the website Trek Movie, and also commented on the rumors regarding the script and the current status of the film.  Hit the jump for more.  Star Trek 3 is currently scheduled to open in summer 2016.

TOP 5: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Trailer, Roberto Orci Not Directing STAR TREK 3, First TERMINATOR: GENISYS Trailer, BOND 24, JURASSIC WORLD Trailer

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Available now on VOD is director Igal Hecht‘s documentary The Sheik. Funny at times and jarringly raw at others, the film offers a look at the life of Khosrow Vaziri, better known by his fans as The Iron Sheik. In only 95 minutes the film does an admirable job of spanning Vaziri’s life before, during, and after his legendary professional wrestling career. This approach leaves you invested in Vaziri as a person rather than just as a wrestling/social meda icon, making the highs feel sweeter and the lows all the more tragic as a result. There’s much to like about The Sheik but, as a kid who grew up watching wrestling, the most interesting parts of the film for me were those dedicated to Vaziri’s time in the WWF (now WWE). Seeing the way that the Iran hostage crisis helped fuel The Iron Sheik’s ascent in pro wrestling as the sport’s greatest villain/heel is a fascinating example of the way Vince McMahon has used social issues and xenophobia to help build an entertainment empire. Hearing Vaziri talk about the offers he had from individuals who wanted him to go against McMahon’s plan and beat Hulk Hogan is yet another highlight. All told, The Sheik is a highly entertaining doc that anyone with a shred of pro wrestling nostalgia should go out of their way to see.

Recommendations aside, this week’s Top 5 will attempt to make up for last week’s absence by featuring hits from this week and last including the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the news that Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3, the first trailer for Terminator: Genisys, Bond 24 getting an official title and casting announcements, and the first trailer for Universal’s Jurassic World. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Roberto Orci Will Not Direct STAR TREK 3; Edgar Wright Now Under Consideration

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Big Star Trek 3 news, folks.  While it was clear that J.J. Abrams was not going to be able to return to direct Trek 3 due to his duties on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Paramount Pictures opted to keep things familiar by tapping Star Trek producer/writer Roberto Orci to make his feature directing debut on the project.  This was a big coup for Orci, who has zero directing credits to his name and is a massive Trek fan, but was cause for concern for some who thought his previous filmography as a writer and producer wasn’t exactly encouraging.  Well now those fans can rest easy, as word comes that Orci has vacated the director’s chair for Star Trek 3.

With Paramount wanting to have the film finished in time for the Star Trek 50th Anniversary in 2016, they’ll need to work quickly to find a replacement.  One name that’s apparently on the shortlist: Edgar Wright.  More on the Star Trek 3 director shakeup after the jump.

John Cho Talks SELFIE, Giggles Leprosy, Social Media, Balancing with SLEEPY HOLLOW, STAR TREK 3, and More

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The ABC comedy series Selfie follows social media superstar Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan), who realizes that even though she has over 250,000 followers, being friended is not the same as having actual friends.  As a result, she enlists co-worker and marketing guru, Henry (John Cho), to rebrand her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor John Cho talked about what attracted him to Selfie, how much he’s enjoyed being involved with Sleepy Hollow, trying to balance both shows, having always been drawn to comedy, how much he enjoys working with Karen Gillan, the correlation between fatigue and breaking into the giggles on set, and how he feels about the world of social media.  He also talked about what he’d like to see for Sulu in Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Anton Yelchin Talks RUDDERLESS, Working with Music, Exploring the Film’s Themes, STAR TREK 3, BURYING THE EX, and More

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Rudderless, the feature directorial debut of actor William H. Macy, follows Sam (Billy Crudup), a man whose life is torn apart by the sudden death of his son.  He passes his days by drowning his pain in alcohol, until he discovers a box filled with his son’s demo tapes and lyrics, and he begins to reconnect with his son while exploring his unknown talent.  When he learns and decides to play these songs in a local bar he catches the attention of a young musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), and the two decide to form a rock ‘n’ roll band called Rudderless.

At the film’s press day, actor Anton Yelchin spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about selling William H. Macy on the fact that he could do the music, what it was like to get to work with these amazing songs, the type of music that really moves him, the themes the film is exploring, and how special it was to work with someone as warm as Billy Crudup.  He also talked about how honored he was to get to be a part of Only Lovers Left Alive and to work with Jim Jarmusch, the privilege it was to work with Joe Dante on the zombie film Burying the Ex, and his hope to get to share some screen time with William Shatner in Star Trek 3.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

William Shatner’s STAR TREK 3 Cameo Will Place Him in Familiar Company [Update: Shatner Comments]

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Just when we thought William Shatner-gate was over… they pull me back in.  For the past few weeks there have been whispers, an unconvincing denial, and then some soft confirmation that Shatner’s cameo Star Trek 3 was coming together after being left out of the first two films in J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot franchise reboot.  And now we have what seems to be some solid details on the scene itself.

I don’t actually consider this information to be super-spoilery at all, but out of sensitivity to you guys and fans of the franchise, I’ve decided to be vague about the nature of this thing in these opening paragraphs, so if you want the full story you’ll have to head below.  Hit the jump for details on William Shatner’s Star Trek 3 cameo.  The film will be directed by Roberto Orci and will hit theaters in 2016.

STAR TREK 3 Brings Oscar Winner Claudio Miranda Aboard as Cinematographer, Will Shoot in Vancouver and Seoul

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Now that we’re done, at least for a while, with the whole William Shatner cameo saga, we have some actual facts to report regarding Star Trek 3.  First of all, while the upcoming sequel will mostly be shot in Vancouver, British Columbia, some of it will in fact be lensed in Seoul, South Korea.  And it looks like Oscar winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi, TRON: Legacy) will be joining writer/director Roberto Orci behind the camera. 

This marks the first time a Star Trek movie has ever been shot digitally.  Hit the jump for more on Star Trek 3.  The film is expected to shoot early next year for a release in the summer of 2016.

William Shatner Confirms J.J. Abrams Has Contacted Him About Appearing in STAR TREK 3

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For the past week, rumors have been swirling that William Shatner may finally get his wish of appearing in the rebooted Star Trek franchise by way of a role in Star Trek 3.  While Leonard Nimoy got a fairly significant role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film and an all-too-convenient part in the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, Shatner has been vocal about his displeasure at not having appeared in the new franchise.  Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof actually wrote a role for Shatner to reprise his role as Kirk at the end of Star Trek 2009, but subsequently dropped the scene because they felt it was too gimmicky.

A week ago, a rumor surfaced that Orci—who is now directing Trek 3has written a role for Shatner to appear in Star Trek 3.  Shatner subsequently played coy about the prospect, but this weekend he said “to hell with it” and flat-out confirmed that Abrams contacted him about appearing in Star Trek 3.  More on the potential William Shatner Star Trek 3 cameo after the jump.

William Shatner and Roberto Orci Respond to STAR TREK 3 Shatner/Leonard Nimoy Reunion Rumor

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Just two days ago, a rumor surfaced claiming that Roberto Orci was going to give squeezing William Shatner into the new Star Trek film franchise another go.  Leonard Nimoy made his way into both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, however, Shatner’s scene from Star Trek was cut and he never became part of Star Trek Into Darkness either.

If the latest rumor is true, Shatner will finally get some screen time in Star Trek 3, but neither Shatner nor Orci are willing to confirm that the Shatner/Nimoy reunion is legit.  Hit the jump for their responses.

STAR TREK 3 Might Include William Shatner… If He Decides to Show Up

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I remember the friction between William Shatner and J.J. Abrams before the release of Star Trek reboot in 2009.  If I recall, there were some awkward exchanges (and even videos) bandied about regarding Shatner’s displeasure with his cameo being cut.  For whatever reason he didn’t appear in Star Trek Into Darkness either, but now there’s a sliver of hope to confuse the timeline even more in Star Trek 3.

Apparently writer/potential director Roberto Orci has written a part for him in the script (with the help of co-writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay).  We already know that this Star Trek movie will actually take place in deep space (as opposed to San Francisco/the CAA courtyard) so it’s possibly the good news could keep rolling in.

Simon Pegg and Director Peter Chelsom Talk HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Script Changes, Guerilla-Style Filmmaking, TIFF, and More

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Now playing in limited release in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  Led by a great performance by Pegg, the film’s definitely worth checking out.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Recently I landed an exclusive video interview with Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom.  During our wide-ranging conversation, we talked about how they came to work together, how Pegg’s childhlike curiosity made him perfect to play Hector, the guerilla-style filmmaking they employed for some of the scenes, script changes, deleted scenes, future projects like Star Trek 3 and Mission Impossible: 5, and so much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Roberto Orci Says First Draft of the STAR TREK 3 Script Is Complete

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Development continues to move forward on Star Trek 3 while J.J. Abrams is off in a galaxy far, far away, and a status update has surfaced from writer/producer/likely director Roberto Orci.  It was reported a few months ago that Orci, who was a screenwriter and producer on both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, was in negotiations to take over the director’s chair on Star Trek 3.  He subsequently told us that it wasn’t exactly a done deal just yet, adding that Paramount had yet to see the script.  In these ensuing months, Orci has been working to craft the Star Trek 3 script with writers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and this weekend Orci announced that the trio has now completed the first draft.  More after the jump. 

Simon Pegg Touts STAR TREK 3 Director Roberto Orci; Reiterates Excitement for J.J. Abrams’ STAR WARS: EPISODE VII

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While Simon Pegg is currently gearing up to start filming Mission: Impossible 5 (and touting the release of his drama Hector and the Search for Happiness), he recently took some time to talk about two other major franchises that he’s somewhat involved in.  Firstly, Pegg discussed the prospective hiring of Roberto Orci as the new director of Star Trek 3, saying he’s “really happy” that Orci has been chosen to take over the franchise from J.J. Abrams and adding that the Trek series is in good hands.  Additionally, Pegg reiterated his enthusiasm for Star Wars: Episode VII, with which he has no involvement beyond being very good friends with Abrams.  Pegg noted that Episode VII is destined to “feel more like Star Wars than anything we’ve seen in the last 30 years.”  Hit the jump for Pegg’s full comments on Star Trek and Wars.

Roberto Orci Talks STAR TREK 3; Says Paramount Hasn’t Seen the Script Yet, Unconfirmed as Director Until Given the Greenlight

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Many were skeptical about director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot, but the finished film turned out to be the rare movie that seemed to please both die-hard fans and Trek newcomers in equal measure.  It was a thrilling start to a revitalized franchise for Paramount, and while reception to the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness was less enthusiastic, the sequel still went on to gross $467 million worldwide.  Obviously Paramount would be moving forward with another installment, but Abrams happened to be busy with this little thing called Star Wars, so a new director was needed.  After months of searching, the studio finally settled on a familiar face: Roberto Orci.  Having produced and co-written the first two films, Orci was already entrenched in the existing franchise, but Star Trek 3 marks a massive challenge as it will be Orci’s first time in the director’s chair, ever.

Our own Christina Radish recently got the chance to speak with Orci in anticipation of his TV series Matador (which has already been picked up for a second season) during the TCA Press Tour, and Orci gave an update on Star Trek 3’s progress, saying Paramount has yet to sign off on the script, adding that he’s not necessarily confirmed as the director until the film gets the greenlight.  More after the jump.

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