Joe Cornish will not direct “Star Trek 3,” according to Variety.
Paramount Pictures continues to seek potential directors following the departure of J.J. Abrams, who will helm Disney’s “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Cornish was the subject of persistent rumors as an early favorite to lead the franchise, and Abrams was pleased about his possible involvement.
“I adore him and love him and can’t wait to see what he does next,” Abrams recently told MTV News. “Hopefully it will be Star Trek. Whatever it is, he’s brilliant. ‘Attack the Block’ was one of my favorite movies of the year.”
Cornish made his directing mark with 2011’s “Attack the Block,” and he co-wrote Marvel’s upcoming “Ant-Man” with Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”).
With his departure, Star Trek fans are again left to ponder who might slip into the director’s chair, and how that choice could impact the franchise going forward.
Meanwhile, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the writers behind Bad Robot’s graphic novel adaption “Boilerplate,” have signed aboard to pen “Star Trek 3” with Roberto Orci. Alex Kurtzman (“Transformers”) and Damon Lindelof (“Lost”) will not return as writers.
Shooting on the sequel is expected to start this summer. Paramount and Skydance Productions are eyeing a 2016 release in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
The third film follows “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” which grossed more than $467 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing film of the franchise.
“Into Darkness” stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Bruce Greenwood.