‘Attack the Block’ Director Joe Cornish Won’t Helm ‘Star Trek 3′

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Director J.J. Abrams, screenwriters/producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were key components of the last two Star Trek movies, but of the three only Orci will be involved with the next installment. Abrams has moved on to make Star Wars: Episode VII, while Kurtzman is taking a break from the world of Starfleet to focus on his many other developing projects (including, the script for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 that he is reportedly still collaborating on with Orci).

Directors Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) are the big-name candidates who have thus far been shortlisted as potential contenders to take the helm on Star Trek 3. More recently, Cornish was tapped as being the front-runner for the job, though it appears that he is no longer in contention for the project after all.

The news that Star Trek 3 will be co-penned by Orci and two newcomer screenwriters -┬áPatrick McKay and J.D. Payne – broke over this past weekend, but nestled within Variety‘s report on the development was a tidbit announcing that Cornish “is no longer involved” in talks to direct the movie. It may be the filmmaker (who also co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man) has instead decided to move forward with his adaptation of the sci-fi novel Snow Crash next.

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So, who will serve as captain (behind the camera) on the U.S.S. Enterprise’s next mission into space? Well, probably not Wyatt, who’s currently moving forward on a remake of The Gambler. Moreover, he passed on helming the next Planet of the Apes installment, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, due to an insufficient amount of development – and with Paramount leaning heavily towards a 2016 release date for Star Trek 3 (to coincide with the property’s 50th anniversary), the filming schedule could be relatively tight, by the time pre-production fully wraps up.

The hope expressed by many fans – in addition to cast members in the rebooted Star Trek lineage – is that the next installment will move the franchise back more towards its hopeful and forward-minded vision of space exploration, given that the last movie (Star Trek Into Darkness) concluded with the Enterprise crew undertaking its famous five-year voyage to explore new worlds. Feel free to let us know who you think is the ideal choice of director to accomplish that end, in the comments section of this article.


We’ll keep you posted on Star Trek 3 as the story develops.

Source: Variety

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  1. womp womp

    • Thank freakin’ goodness…

  2. I wished it was J.J Abrams. Dammit Disney! Lol.

  3. I really like the 2 Star Trek movies J.J done but its not a bad thing to get a new director who will bring some new creativity.

  4. I’m more worried about the story, and as far as directing goes, hope they get a director that’s less fond of jerky/A.D.D. camera movements if that makes sense. Just hold it still and focus on the moment/scene; such jerky camera work sometimes makes me think they don’t have enough confidence in the scene and content. But of course sometimes it works, sure, but let’s slow it down. STID felt like it was just rushing through one scene to another.

    • especially considering a large part of the Trek screen time ie TV is a locked or 2 camera setup. The new camera style is arrogantly trying to stylistically distinguish itself from the original series.

  5. Wally Pfister would work

  6. Please, hire someone who understands Star Trek. Anything else is an insult.

  7. Brad Bird maybe?

    • Best suggestion. :-)

      • I’ll second that.

  8. I’d go with someone like Matt Reeves.

  9. I hate to say this, but I am concerned. It seems like Star Trek 3 has (so far) all the makings of an odd numbered movie. And we all know how what happens to odd numbered movies in Star Trek.

    • But if Into Darkness was an even-numbered one…

  10. Neil Blokamp would be nice, but he wouldn’t be interested, since he wouldn’t have total control of the movie (plus, he’s more interested in telling original stories anyway).

    Sigh. The next movie should be called “Star Trek: The Search For a Direction”.

  11. rian johnson

  12. Don’t know anything about the work of Joe Cornish. Seems inexperienced though so I can’t say I’m disappointed. Wonder if Brad Bird would be interested? I guess Edgar Wright is tied up with Ant-Man.

    I’d love to see an unconventional choice. Take a chance…the way Marvel has done. What about a director from Breaking Bad who’s ready to make the jump to the big screen?

    • He’s been on British TV and radio since 1994, usually writing, directing and starring in shows that rely on geek culture and videogames (and yes, a lot of Star Trek).

  13. Thanks for the link!

  14. What about Peter Jackson.

    If they go with a story where Kirk and crew do encounter a strange new world who better at world building than Jackson? He could really bring something to the table.

    • Maybe, but I’m not sure if he’d be up for another tight shooting schedule after finishing the Hobbit films. Actually, since the last one is out late next year, there might not be enough time to take a break to recover from the Hobbit films and also having enough time to develop and shoot the new Star Trek film and do it justice. And let’s face it, outside of the middle earth films, the reaction to his other films hasn’t been so great (unfortunately).

  15. Really, I think that the writers are the key, here. I like how the original Star Trek series used real science fiction authors to come up with story ideas. I’d love it if we got something totally new and weird – that would be Star Trek.

    • Definitely agree with this, and I’d take it a step further. Hire science advisers, actual science people, not engineers or any of the soft sciences, but more of the hard scientists like theoretical physicists, astrophysicists, string theorists. Before anyone rags on me for saying string theorists, my reason is that string theorists are forced to know every general theory in physics! So they know quite a lot! Astrophysicists also are forced to know almost all of the fields in physics. You don’t even have to go a sci-fi route, you can just throw real science! Just present it in a cool way, there are lots of cool scientific concepts out there. I liked the days when sci-fi inspired people to try to learn more science.

      And another group of people I think they should consult are philosophers, not pseudo-philosophers, but real ones; they too have great concepts and big picture ideas that could provide some really thought provoking material for the movie. Hell, hire me, I have lots of ideas, haha.

  16. Nicholas Meyer

  17. How about Jonathan Frakes; look what he did with First Contact.

  18. Daily Show, JJ said ST3 is in the works. I think he’s still onboard?

  19. Chistopher Nolan