Yesterday the internet was a buzz with the seemingly written in stone fact that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was Paramount’s front-runner for the director’s chair for Star Trek 3. It was an interesting pick, but since Chu delivered with the G.I. Joe sequel, overcoming the lackluster reaction to the 2009 original, it might make sense for the studio to bring an energetic new voice into the series following the disappointing fan reaction to Star Trek Into Darkness.
But not so fast. Chu would make financial sense, but if you look at his filmography – dance movies (Step-Up), toy movies (G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe) and Justin Bieber – it seems unlikely that he would bring back the high-minded sci-fi tone that Trek fans might be looking for. So how about the guy that made Rise of the Planet of the Apes?
Cinematallica is reporting that Rupert Wyatt, in reality, is Paramount’s front-runner for Trek 3. Why? Considering that he brought Rise, a movie with little buzz, to the screen on a small (by blockbuster standards) budget, and got people excited about a tired franchise in the waning days of summer and was praised not just for the technical, but the themes and story as well. Wyatt might end up being the ideal candidate to right the starship Enterprise and take it to strange new worlds as opposed to revisiting past successes.
As for Chu, his reps told Huffington Post that he has not been approached by anyone from Paramount. It’s also worth pointing out that there’s no word if J.J. Abrams is officially out of the running to direct Trek 3, but there is a presumption that Abrams won’t have time for both Star Wars Episode VII and Star Trek 3.
Expect the new Star Trek movie sometime in 2016, in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
Source: Comic Book Movie