With so much rumor-mongering power currently dedicated to digging deep on all that persistent and pesky Star Wars chatter, it’s no surprise that the jaw-flapping has turned to director J.J. Abrams’ abandoned other star-busting franchise. With Abrams leaving the new Star Trek franchise he directed, it’s high time that we start hearing buzz about who could take his place.
In short – it’s rumor time, so let’s get down to it.
Deadline reports that Paramount and Skydance Productions have found a new filmmaker that they are “sweet on,” which is a weirdly middle school way to imply that a billion dollar corporation likes a certain talent, but we’ll go with it. The “sweet on” director in question? Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish, a British filmmaker who earned lots of critical and genre lauds with his low budget directorial debut, a clever twist on the alien invasion storyline that centered on a group of young Brits battling extraterrestrial baddies in their sprawling apartment complex. [Editor’s note: If you haven’t seen Attack the Block, seek it out immediately. It’s truly fantastic.] Though Cornish could be an interesting pick for the part if the franchise is planning on going in for another alien-centric plotline (a la the first film), that would entail putting a lot of trust into a talented but still unproven director.
While Cornish has not yet followed up the success of his first directorial outing with a new film (he does, however, have two adaptations in the pipeline, “Rust” and “Snow Crash”), he has kept busy with screenwriting gigs, including Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tin-Tin and Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man.
For now, rumors are all we have to go on, so we’ll stay on this story until it’s inevitable conclusion (Star Trek 3 is aiming to shoot next summer, so we’ll certainly have an answer about its director by then – right?).
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