Since J.J. Abrams will be far too busy directing Star Wars: Episode VII, Paramount has been searching for his replacement to direct Star Trek 3, which the studio is planning on shooting next year for a 2016 release. Last month, it was reported that Joe Cornish, director of Attack The Block and co-writer of the upcoming Ant-Man, is the studio’s top choice for the directing gig. According to Variety, it appears that Cornish is no longer in the running.
In Variety’s article about writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay jumping on board to write Star Trek 3 with Alex Kurtzman, it was reported that Cornish was in talks with Paramount and Skydance at one point, but he is “no longer involved” with the production.
There’s no word yet on who Paramount has in mind now. An official decision cannot be too far away considering, as mentioned before, the studio is hoping to start production sometime next year for a release in 2016, the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
The main cast members are expected to return. Who do you want to direct Star Trek 3? Make sure to check back for more updates as they come our way.