On Friday it was revealed that Star Trek 3 had hired new writers to join the third entry in the film reboot series, but what was lost in the shuffle was that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish — who was rumored to direct the picture last month — is no longer involved.
This comes from Variety, and this news is no surprise. Cornish had been mentioned previously, but he joined both Jon M. Chu and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as just rumored. The report also states that Alex Kurtzman has left the project but his writing partner Roberto Orci is staying on and is being joined by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who have worked at Bad Robot on adapting the graphic novel Boilerplate to the big screen (that though is still in development).
With J.J. Abrams working on Star Wars: Episode 7, though still attached to Star Trek 3 as a producer (how actively, unknown), the fact that it’s unknown Bad Robot writers behind this suggest that this is very much an “in house” project for Abrams’ company, and they will likely recruit from their own talent pool and the people they’ve worked with previously over outsiders like Cornish. Ain’t It Cool’s Jeremy Smith (aka Mr. Beaks) suggested on twitter that this means the plate is set up for Orci to helm the picture, but we wouldn’t be surprised if someone like Cloverfield director Matt Reeves gets the job.
Who would you like to see behind Star Trek 3?