POLL: Who Should Be Hired To Direct STAR TREK 3?

With J.J. Abrams (almost) definitely unable to direct a third Star Trek movie for a 2016 release, Paramount is already reportedly searching for a replacement. Below, pick your choice to sit in the director's chair for the next big screen adventure of Captain Kirk and crew.

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By Paul Romano - 5/24/2013


With J.J. Abrams set to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for a summer 2015 release, it's very likely that he won't be back to helm a third installment of his Star Trek series. Paramount is reportedly targeting a 2016 release for the threequel, which would make perfect sense as that year marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise. Also, I doubt anyone involved would want to wait another four years in between installments. Last night, we heard that Attack The Block director and Ant-Man co-writer Joe Cornish was reported to be one of the many names in consideration to helm the next Star Trek movie. With that in mind, I decided to post a poll of possible candidates, and you can vote for your pick below.



-As stated above, Joe Cornish is reportedly one of the names in consideration for the job. He has sci-fi experience after Attack The Block, and is attached to direct Paramount's adaptation of Snow Crash (which doesn't have a start date yet).

-Brad Bird directed one of 2011's biggest films in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, so it would make perfect sense for Paramount to want to reteam with him. Despite having a clear schedule after 2014's Tomorrowland, he may (understandably) be hesitant to replace J.J. Abrams on another big franchise.

-After delivering the sci-fi film Looper next year, Rian Johnson became a fan favorite for many tentpole films. He's currently working on his next film (which is also sci-fi, but "more Cyberpunk"), which has yet to have a start date.

-Edgar Wright may be unavailable due to Ant-Man coming out in late 2015, but this would depend on how long the post-production process lasts. Plus, he directed a shot of Star Trek Into Darkness and is close friends with Simon "Scotty" Pegg.

-Joss Whedon will most likely be unavailable, since he will be releasing The Avengers 2 next summer. Again, it may depend on how long the post-production process would be, but this idea is rather unlikely and completely fanboy wishing-based.

-Bryan Singer is a fan of the Star Trek franchise, and arguably works well with ensemble casts. Aside from a Battlestar Galactica movie, he currently doesn't have anything scheduled after next summer's X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

-Despite being attached to Masters Of The Universe and possibly G.I. Joe 3, Jon M. Chu doesn't have another major production dated yet. Plus, after G.I. Joe: Retaliation, it wouldn't be surprising to see Paramount want to reteam with the young director on another major franchise.

-Gore Verbinski is very familiar with big budget, CGI-heavy blockbusters. Despite the first two Pirates Of The Caribbean sequels' disappointment, the director may return to form this summer with July's The Lone Ranger.

-He missed out on Star Wars: Episode VII, but could we see Iron Man's Jon Favreau tackle the rival franchise? The director currently has no major productions scheduled.

-Joseph Kosinski is very experienced in delivering visually stunning sci-fi films. However, he's attached to direct both Tron 3 and The Black Hole for Disney, which would likely take up his time for the next few years.

-Duncan Jones is another recent fan-favorite director for several projects after Moon and Source Code. He's filming a Warcraft movie for Legendary Pictures this fall for a 2015 release. Could he tackle Star Trek immediately afterwards?

-Another contender for Star Wars: Episode VII, Matthew Vaughn isn't attached to another film after 2014's The Secret Service.

-If World War Z is a success (which would surprise me), I can see Paramount wanting to hire Marc Foster to tackle another of their major production. Definitely an out of the box choice for Star Trek.

-Matt Reeves is a favorite of J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot after 2008's Cloverfield. He's currently shooting Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes for next summer, but it would be surprising to not hear his name being mentioned for Star Trek 3.

-Alfonso Cuaron recently worked with J.J. Abrams on NBC's TV pilot Believe. Plus, he's experienced with sci-fi, and he doesn't have anything lined up after October's Gravity.
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SpectacularJoShFest - 5/24/2013, 1:22 PM
What, no George Lucas? *teehee*
nailbiter111 - 5/24/2013, 1:22 PM
Alfonso Cuaron
AnitaDick - 5/24/2013, 1:26 PM
Either Bryan Singer or Brett Ratner.
nailbiter111 - 5/24/2013, 1:27 PM
Uwe Boll? Are you [frick]ing kidding me Gusto?! That guy is the absolute worst director of all time. He makes Ed Wood look like Hitchcock. ... Oh, I'm just kidding Uwe Boll is the bomb. Yeah, he needs to be on the list. Totally!
Jollem - 5/24/2013, 1:29 PM
shane black. time for a boring, self-indulgent trek movie
supermarioworldE - 5/24/2013, 1:29 PM
Duncan Jones would be a great choice, bringing the intellect back to the series.
thewonderer - 5/24/2013, 1:31 PM
Levi, and ignore his great work on X-Men, X2, First Class, Art Pupil, and The Usual Suspects. All which feature ensembles that Superman did not.

And its not like Abrams hasn't disrespected the original Star Trek lore already.
EdgyOutsider - 5/24/2013, 1:32 PM
Duncan Jones is a good choice, Abrams should return, I'm a big fan of the idea of Rian Johnson directing. Keep Cuaron as far away from this as possible. We don't need a shit, Star Trek movie.
kam - 5/24/2013, 1:33 PM
Why does the next one have to be 2016, it seems Studios lately have been giving directors 4 years in between films. Was a 4 year gap between star treks and Abrams did "Super 8" in the middle which was an amazing film. Nolan did "The Prestige" and "Inception" between batman with a 3 and a 4 year wait
MrMartinMarvel - 5/24/2013, 1:38 PM
@wonderbread X-Men was simply ok, X2 was a fluke, he didn't direct FC I know he was involved be he didn't direct it, I don't know about the other ones. The point is the bad outweighs the good, he's a talentless director deal with it.
Forthas - 5/24/2013, 1:39 PM
Neill Blomkamp
BlueMex - 5/24/2013, 1:41 PM
i vote JJ , after starwars he'll come back. they always come back ;)
TheOneAboveAll - 5/24/2013, 1:42 PM
Let Abrams finish his trilogy
thewonderer - 5/24/2013, 1:42 PM
X2 was a fluke? How about we say this about every directors good movies?

X-Men was great, X-2 was great, He essentially the made the script and casted everyone for First Class which was great, and how about you WATCH the other ones. They show you he's not a fluke.

He is a great director. You're just pissy at him because of Quicksilver

Deal with it.
TheOneAboveAll - 5/24/2013, 1:44 PM
Isn't Duncan Jones...Zowie Bowie... the son of 1980's glam rock sensation and legend David MOTHER[frick]ING Bowie sama sensei senpai KOON!
beane2099 - 5/24/2013, 1:46 PM
I'm with you Gusto. Uwe Boll brings class and a great cinematic pedigree to any movie he's a part of. It would be the first time Star Trek broke box office records while simultaneously sweeping the Oscars.
beane2099 - 5/24/2013, 1:48 PM
With 2016 being the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, they're almost obligated to come out with something Trek related that year.
exe - 5/24/2013, 1:49 PM
Want a cerebral Trek?

Chris Nolan will direct the shit out of this.
beane2099 - 5/24/2013, 1:50 PM
Watch Generations - Nemesis and tell me how sophisticated Trek was. Trek was dead for a good long while before Abrams came along and breathed new life into it.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/24/2013, 1:52 PM
@wonderbread You know the only reason you're sucking his dick is because you hate Marvelites.
thewonderer - 5/24/2013, 1:57 PM
Levi

Boasts himself as the winner of arguments

by stating his opinion

Genius

MrMartinMarvel

You know the only reason you hate Singer is because your sucking Whedons dick.

I love how I when I used to defend Nolan, I was told that I was sucking his dick. Now I'm defending Singer, and I'm being told I'm sucking his dick.

All while you guys stand at that same Marvel Studios side.

Great logic.
MrMartinMarvel - 5/24/2013, 2:01 PM
@wonderbread I would attempt to explain that I'm not a Whedon's bitch, but I don't really see the point. Oh yeah and can't wait for MOS. ;)
TheOneAboveAll - 5/24/2013, 2:07 PM
What's wrong with sucking another man's penis?
HelaGood - 5/24/2013, 2:18 PM
im gonna miss those lens flares...
thewonderer - 5/24/2013, 2:26 PM
If its unfunny and old, why would you use the format in your own comment?
ScabbyJ - 5/24/2013, 2:30 PM
Ghost Protocol is way overrated. I'd say give it to Johnson.
TheOneAboveAll - 5/24/2013, 2:53 PM
@McGee...Gibbs is calling you...but I am not YOUR HONEY! I am more or a syrup guy myself
CaptainAmerica31 - 5/24/2013, 2:57 PM
WHY TF isn't NEIL BLOOMKAMP ON HERE?!?!?!?
skullboy - 5/24/2013, 3:06 PM
No to Byan Singer that's for damn sure.
Ceejay - 5/24/2013, 3:20 PM
For the kind of films they've been making lately then the only choice is Michael Bay.
BreakTheCode - 5/24/2013, 3:21 PM
Ive been seeing this levikutz guy on both this site and ign for months. He is the biggest douche, if u dont agree with his opinion he bashes you and insults you to no end.
cmay13 - 5/24/2013, 3:24 PM
Brad Bird will probably be focused on the incredibles 2, so I'm going with Matthew Vaughn. He did a great job on kick ass and x-men first class
chris043 - 5/24/2013, 3:41 PM
Jonathan Frakes.
RorMachine - 5/24/2013, 3:49 PM
Other: Leonard [frick]ing Nimoy!
InfiniteMonkey - 5/24/2013, 4:03 PM
Bryan Singer, Uwe Boll and Bret Ratner are in the company of WE RUIN IT PRODUCTIONS,LLC. What a joke.

Anyone but these guys. LOL
marvel72 - 5/24/2013, 4:03 PM
abrams or duncan jones.
JGAR - 5/24/2013, 4:48 PM
None if these choices are professional filmmakers, so no I won't vote for them.
pintoman - 5/24/2013, 5:13 PM
JUST GET RID OF THE WRITERS!
Dragonpiece - 5/24/2013, 5:56 PM
brad bird obviously
Azazel1 - 5/24/2013, 6:17 PM
I think JJ Abrahams will be back

He himsef has said it is still a possibility

Scheduling will be a bit tricky but I think he will not be giving up his baby..
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