One of These Five Directors Will Take Over 'Star Trek 3'

Monday, 15 December 2014 09:20 Written by  iamrogue
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One of These Five Directors Will Take Over 'Star Trek 3'

The movie gods heard all those fervent prayers and divinely removed Roberto Orci as director of the next Star Trek.

So now, having narrowly averted directorial disaster Star Trek 3 is in need of a replacement director.

Paramount, Skydance, and Bad Robot have narrowed their search for a new butt to full the captain's seat down to five, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt reportedly the frontrunner.

Wyatt was actually in the running for the gig more than a year ago, before Orci got the project in a headlock for several scary months when it seemed the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen co-writer would take his first crack at directing on Star Trek 3. 

In the year and change since, Wyatt has kept busy, directing Paramount's The Gambler, the Mark Wahlberg-led remake arriving in theaters this month.  And now he's back in the Star Trek game, having met with the studio and apparently inspired a good deal of confidence.

Wyatt may be at the top of the shortlist, but he's not the only guy in contention to take over the franchise from JJ Abrams, who is busy with Star Wars: The Force Awakens but is still involved as producer.

The shortlist, according to Deadline, also includes Safe House director Daniel Espinosa, action master Justin Lin, Moon and Source Code helmer Duncan Jones, and Morten Tyldum, who most recently chummed the awards season waters with Imitation Game (starring reboot-Khan himself, Benedict Cumberbatch).

Espinosa long ago wrapped Child 44, but he's expected to oversee Boston Strong, a drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that ought to be shooting in time to catch footage from the next Boston Marathon in April.  Lin's schedule opened up a bit recently since Universal pushed back the Bourne Legacy sequel, but after he shoots the first episodes of True Detective's second season, he might just return to his signature franchise with back-to-back Fast & Furious sequels.

You can pretty much rule out Jones, however.  He's in the middle of a long, long post-production on the epic fantasy Warcraft, scheduled to hit theaters on March 11, 2016. 

That's an issue because Paramount is planning on having Star Trek 3 in theaters at some point during 2016, the fiftieth anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's original series.  It's not impossible that Jones could direct two of 2016's biggest event movies, but it's extremely unlikely.

Stay tuned to find out who will command the USS Enterprise as director of Star Trek 3 (or Star Trek 13, depending on how you look at it).

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