Neill Blomkamp Uninterested In Directing A STAR TREK Movie As Well
District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp expressed his hesitant in tackling a Star Wars film in the past, and now he reveals why he wouldn't want to helm a Star Trek movie (or any franchise film) despite being a fan of the franchise.
After directing two Star Trek films for Paramount, J.J. Abrams will be heading to a galaxy far, far away with his next film, Star Wars: Episode VII. With Paramount reportedly wanting to release a third Trek installment in 2016 in time for the franchise's 50th anniversary, Abrams will likely be too busy working on Star Wars (which is targeting a 2015 debut) to return. One director who is commonly suggested for big sci-fi movies is Neill Blomkamp, who previously helmed 2009's District 9 and the upcoming Elysium. But in an interview with Filmz, he rules himself out of the running for not only Star Trek 3 (or 13, depending on how you're counting), but any film in the franchise (despite considering himself a Trekkie). He also explains why he isn't very interested in franchise films period.
"Dude, I used to be a 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' fan. Like, big time... But no, I probably wouldn't do that. I don't know if me getting involved with a franchise is the best thing for me. When studios smell franchises, they smell money. And they'll try to do what they can to the franchise to make it make the most money it can make, and a lot of those interesting ideas kind of fall by the side of the road. So... Do I like 'Star Trek' on its own without the politics of making it? Yes, absolutely. But do I think that you could make it in the way that I would want to make it? Probably not, which makes me not want to make it." Blomkamp also said in the past that he probably won't direct a Star Wars movie either, despite being a fan of the franchise. Who do you think should direct the next Star Trek film? Blomkamp's next film, Elysium, hits theaters August 9th.
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