Jon M. Chu Denies Star Trek Involvement; Rupert Wyatt the Front-Runner?
Just a few hours ago, CBT’s Thorverine reported that the writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alan Kurtzman were in negotiations to return to the Star Trek franchise to pen the third film in the successful series. Along with that, we learned that Damon Lindelof would not be involved with the film at all. With JJ Abrams likely tied up with the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII, he very likely will not be taking the helm of the third film and will serve as a producer on the project. So, the search is on for a new director and with Paramount wanting to get things rolling by early next year, they will be searching fast and furious.
In the earlier report, it was mentioned that GI Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu was at the top of the list to take the reigns on the film. It hasn’t taken long for Chu’s reps to deny any involvement in the project, according to the Huffington Post. This shouldn’t come as too big a surprise considering Chu’s already busy schedule, which includes a He-Man film and possibly the next GI Joe project. Having said that, it’s possible that Paramount, which distributes both the Star Trek and the GI Joe properties, could work out a schedule for him to do both. But, I wouldn’t old your breath.
So, who else may be in the running? Cinematallica (via Collider) is reporting that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is at the top of the list. Wyatt has had a rough go getting a new project off the ground ever since he opted to not return to the Apes franchise. He has negotiated numerous projects but has not gone through with any of them. However, Star Trek may just be the project for him to take off with. According to the site, Wyatt is pretty much a lock at this time and it’s his to lose.
Wyatt is a much better choice that Chu in my eyes and would be able to carry on with a similar feel and look with Star Trek. I have no doubt that more names will come and go before we see who Paramount and Bad Robot opt to go with, but I really hope that one question is being asked in these interviews: How do you feel about lens flare?