Two directors linked with next Star Trek movie
Who's likely to step into JJ Abrams' shoes for the next Star Trek film? Two candidates have been linked...
It looks increasingly the case that JJ Abrams won't be the man to direct the next chapter of the Star Trek cinematic franchise, which looks likely to be scheduled for 2016, to mark Star Trek's 50th anniversary. The overlap with Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII looks too significant for him to be able to direct both films.
So then: who's going to get the job of Star Trek if and when Abrams confirms he won't be directing?
Well, overnight a pair of names have been mooted. Firstly, Latino Review reported that Jon M Chu was the man Paramount was looking to as the leading candidate to direct the next Star Trek movie. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation for the studio, although with the best will in the world, as successful as the film was, it hardly seems like a calling card for a Star Trek movie. He is apparently on the shortlist however (although since the story broke, Chu's representatives have denied any contact over the project), although his commitment to G.I. Joe 3 for the studio is a factor.
More likely is the report that Rupert Wyatt is in the running. He's the man who directed Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, but ducked out of helming its sequel, apparently due to the tightness of the scheduling. His name has popped up over at Cinematallica, who describe him as "virtually a lock" for the job.
Wyatt would be a strong choice, we'd argue (Rise Of The Planets Of The Apes remains both a real surprise, and a strong blockbuster). We wait and see with interest if he does indeed get the nod.
We may have to wait a while for further news, though. It's still Abrams' job if he wants it, and no announcement has yet been made either way on that.
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