J.J. Abrams has successfully performed “Fal-Tor-Pan” on the Star Trek film franchise–breathing life, soul, and most importantly: profitability back into the series with his reboot and its recent sequel…That Paramount would want a third installment of “nu-Trek” is a no-brainer.
However–Abrams will be eating, sleeping, breathing, walking, talking, and crapping nothing but Star Wars from now until the release of Episode VII in May of 2015–AT LEAST (still no word on if he’s directing VIII or IX). Therefore, someone else will have to take the Captain’s chair for Star Trek 3.
The smart money seems to say that GI JOE: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu will be our man….If we can trust Latino Review this time–they’ve proven less than reliable in the recent past.
Word ’round the campfire also claims that Thor writers Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz will be on board to help out with the screenplay, likely working close with the writers of the first two films: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Chu is already scheduled to begin work on a third JOE film, and a new Masters Of The Universe adaptation….but before we shower him with nerdly praise, it should be remembered that this is also the man responsible for Justin Bieber: Never Say Never…
As always with rumors, we will be watching this story closely, and we’ll bring you the official facts as soon as they are made available.
(Which is apparently sooner than expected!)
UPDATE: The director’s reps deny that Chu is connected to the film. Via email, they said:
No one has contacted Jon or his reps about this project.
Now, Paramount could still be interested in him, but that may be all it is right now.
Hang in there…and at least be thankful this isn’t another Star Wars rumor.