We know that J.J. Abrams is out as director of Star Trek 3, apparently he’s got something better to do, so that begs the question as to who Paramount Pictures might turn to in order to make the next mission of the Enterprise a reality. According to the latest from the Hollywood rumor mill, it seems that the studio is circling around Attack the Block filmmaker Joe Cornish to continue the adventures of everyone’s favorite Starfleet crew.
Joe Cornish has been one of a few different names in the mix to follow Abrams on Star Trek, and is certainly a more interesting and compelling candidate than G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu. Aside from Attack the Block, Cornish has also co-penned the screenplays for The Adventures of Tintin, and Edgar Wright‘s upcoming superhero flick of Ant Man, and, as a bonus, he’s currently working on an adaptation of Neal Stephenson‘s sci-fi novel Snow Crash, which is, coincidentally, set up at Paramount Pictures.
Deadline says that it’s still early days on these negotiations, but adds that Paramount has definitely decided that Cornish is the man to beat for the job, and if all goes well, then Cornish will beam up to the Enterprise set and sit in the (other) captain’s chair. With or without Cornish at the helm, Paramount is looking to get the next Trek in theaters by 2016, just in time for the series 50th birthday.
More news as it develops.