Take Joe Cornish’s Name Off The STAR TREK 3 Director’s List: Plus Two New Writers Beamed Up

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joe cornishJ.J. Abrams had to bow out of Star Trek 3 because he’ll be too busy in a galaxy far, far away working with Disney on Star Wars. The search for a Trek 3 director has been underway for a while and the top contender looked to be Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). Fans were pretty happy about that prospect and were keeping their fingers crossed until the news was made official. Well Cornish will not be the director to take over the Enterprise from Abrams. Some new writers have also been beamed up as things get reshuffled on the deck.

According to Variety, Cornish was working with the Trek team and had a few discussions about taking on the project, is now out of the running. No reason was given at the time. The writers room will also look different than we originally thought as well. Newbie writers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be writing the script to the third movie with Roberto Orci. Alex Kurtzman, producer and co-writer with Orci for the previous films, has departed. Again, no reason for his departure was given either.

Star Trek Into Darkness was labeled by fans as the worst Trek movie of all-time, so the shake-up isn’t surprising. Having Joe Cornish aboard would have helped smooth the rocky trail considering he is a fan-favorite and helped his friend Edgar Wright pen the Ant-Man script. So the search for the Star Trek 3 director is ongoing but the writer situation has been settled. Paramount is eying a 2016 release to capitalize on the Star Trek 50th anniversary. What do you think about Cornish being out of the running? How do you feel about Kurtzman not being one of the trio of writers tackling the screenplay?

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