Here’s what we know: Star Trek 3 is happening without J.J. Abrams at the helm. As the director is understandably busy with Star Wars: Episode VII, Paramount is wasting no time developing the third Star Trek film with a different director in mind. According to Mike Fleming of Deadline, Attack The Block director Joe Cornish is Paramount’s first choice to direct Star Trek 3, which is expected to start production next summer.
Cornish made his directorial debut with the cult sci-fi comedy Attack The Block, which centers on a gang of youths who defend their neighborhood from an alien invasion. Since then, he co-wrote Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin and Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man with Edgar Wright.
This isn’t the first time that Cornish has been linked to Star Trek 3. Back in May, Latino Review reporter Umberto Gonzalez tweeted that Cornish was on Paramount’s short list along with “numerous names” to replace J.J. Abrams.
Please note that this is only a rumor right now but the prospect is certainly interesting. Cornish seems like an unordinary choice but given the chance, he could show if he has what it takes to direct a big budget sci-fi flick. Cornish already has ties with Paramount as he is currently developing an adaptation of the novel Snow Crash for the studio. If he gets the Star Trek 3 gig, the adaptation will be placed on the back burner.
Make sure to check back for more updates as more concrete information comes our way.