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Cast This: Who should direct Star Trek 3?

Sep. 20, 2013by: Niki Stephens

It's time to boldly go where no man has gone before...

Well one man has gone there, and that man is J.J. Abrams. Unfortunately the director decided that the third outing of the sci-fi franchise wouldn't work out for him. He's kinda busy with that whole STAR WARS: EPISODE VII thing. The director assured all the fans out there that the next film would be in very capable hands. Who else has those capable hands?

I know quite a few of you were a little letdown by STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. There were some comments made about how it lacked the amount of substance the first had, there were issues about pacing, remarks made about sexism, the whole villain debacle, and the list sort of continues to go on. The fresh perspective could do great things for the next movie but there's more to making it work than just finding a solid director. Abrams said that he would help craft the story but where do we go from here?

I'm just going to throw a few idea out there as far as some names that I'm think of at this moment: Alfonso Cuaron, Rian Johnson, and Duncan Jones. Again, those are just some directors to get things started. I think that after LOOPER, Johnson can certainly handle something like this. Cuaron is showing that he's got a niche for the glory that is space with what we've seen so far with GRAVITY. But who can handle all this action? Maybe Duncan Jones. It will be interesting to see who comes on to direct the cast and try their best to keep some bit of secrecy when it comes to this franchise. Now get to it and pick a director for STAR TREK 3!

RESULTS FROM PREVIOUS 'CAST THIS': Lisa (WEIRD SCIENCE)

1. Kelly Brook 2. Kate Beckinsale 3. Gemma Arterton

This was too easy. Kelly Brook basically took all the votes. She deserved them though. You guys basically determined it was destiny and deemed her casting to be so. Kate Beckinsale and Gemma Arterton couldn't compete. So can someone call Kelly and tell her to go after this part?

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8:49AM on 09/23/2013

Favreau is a good suggestion

I also like the Joss Whedon idea... would probably never happen though. How about Ridley Scott - He's done pretty good with space movies, Prometheus notwithstanding. Maybe Len Wiseman or Bob Orci? Singer could work... he's good with ensemble casts?
I also like the Joss Whedon idea... would probably never happen though. How about Ridley Scott - He's done pretty good with space movies, Prometheus notwithstanding. Maybe Len Wiseman or Bob Orci? Singer could work... he's good with ensemble casts?
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5:23PM on 09/22/2013
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10:34AM on 09/22/2013

Why Not...?

How about Nicholas Meyer? He directed two of the most beloved Star Trek movies to date. I know it would be hard to top, but I would like to see what he would do on Star Trek III.
How about Nicholas Meyer? He directed two of the most beloved Star Trek movies to date. I know it would be hard to top, but I would like to see what he would do on Star Trek III.
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1:58AM on 09/21/2013
Rupert Wyatt and Jon Favreau are my two choices.
Rupert Wyatt and Jon Favreau are my two choices.
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12:31AM on 09/21/2013
Brad Bird or Jon Faverou
Brad Bird or Jon Faverou
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12:31AM on 09/21/2013
Brad Bird or Jon Faverou
Brad Bird or Jon Faverou
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12:20AM on 09/21/2013

What's the name of that one dude?

The guy that did Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

I think the movie needs a "pop sci-fi" guy instead of a "pop action-adventure" guy.
The guy that did Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.

I think the movie needs a "pop sci-fi" guy instead of a "pop action-adventure" guy.
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9:57PM on 09/20/2013
George Lucas
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8:07PM on 09/20/2013

Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll is the clear choice in my mind.
Uwe Boll is the clear choice in my mind.
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7:19PM on 09/20/2013
I'd like to see more of an indie guy get called up to the big time. Like Rob Theoret.
I'd like to see more of an indie guy get called up to the big time. Like Rob Theoret.
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7:06PM on 09/20/2013
I know I'm gonna get a lot of thumbs down but here is my pick:
JUSTIN LIN
Most of us have enjoyed his last films, he is great with ensembles, action and humor.
I know I'm gonna get a lot of thumbs down but here is my pick:
JUSTIN LIN
Most of us have enjoyed his last films, he is great with ensembles, action and humor.
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6:49PM on 09/20/2013
Neill Blomkamp Robert Zemeckis Zack Snyder
Neill Blomkamp Robert Zemeckis Zack Snyder
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11:16AM on 09/21/2013
No to Zack Snyder. Just no.
No to Zack Snyder. Just no.
5:54PM on 09/20/2013

Luc Besson

Luc Besson, whom directed The Fifth Element.
If not him, then they should ask him for suggestions.

EDIT: They should absolutely never use Spielberg, or anyone else who has a history of movies that have the wrong feel, wrong genres, etc. This is Star Trek, not E.T. Do those suggesting Spielberg not know of any directors, so toss out the most famous name? Folks in that situation should think of movies they like that have some degree of similarity to what you'd like to see for Star Trek, and
Luc Besson, whom directed The Fifth Element.
If not him, then they should ask him for suggestions.

EDIT: They should absolutely never use Spielberg, or anyone else who has a history of movies that have the wrong feel, wrong genres, etc. This is Star Trek, not E.T. Do those suggesting Spielberg not know of any directors, so toss out the most famous name? Folks in that situation should think of movies they like that have some degree of similarity to what you'd like to see for Star Trek, and look up the directors.
And, do not name off directors that are good at movies nothing like Star Trek, or ones who are simply quite famous. This doesn't make any sense to do.

And, as much as it upsets people, George Lucas would do well. But, dumber Trekkies who live in a fantasy land where Star Trek and Star Wars are somehow incompatible, and in competition would never allow Lucas to touch Star Trek. Further, He is too big for Star Trek. You do not ask the king to do the prince's job. Star Wars is a scifi king (great international success, and appeals to much more than us geeks, and nerds), while Star Trek is a scifi prince (though, surprisingly has some international success we don't hear/read much about, or is that from the new movies in particular?).

I would also say after Luc Besson that people who worked on Star Trek in the past can't hurt. They won't likely have the same blockbuster success, but they could at least produce something Star Trek fans mostly won't mind, so are a safe bet.

"And, one more thing!" (Uncle - Jackie Chan Adventures)
The men in the Star Trek movies need to lose weight, badly. They all need to lose anywhere from 5, to 30 lb's each. Sulu is not supposed to be the most attractive man on the ship.
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5:46PM on 09/20/2013
I don't know if you guys have been keeping up, but Duncan Jones and Rian Johnson have both already said "no" to Star Trek 3. I'd love to see those guys do it, but it isn't going to happen. Brad Bird probably won't do it either, even though he's another great choice. My (realistic) choices are Denis Villeneuve and Rupert Wyatt.
I don't know if you guys have been keeping up, but Duncan Jones and Rian Johnson have both already said "no" to Star Trek 3. I'd love to see those guys do it, but it isn't going to happen. Brad Bird probably won't do it either, even though he's another great choice. My (realistic) choices are Denis Villeneuve and Rupert Wyatt.
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10:36AM on 09/22/2013
Denis Villeneuve might have the potential to be good, but it's a fairly unrealistic pick to say the least.
Denis Villeneuve might have the potential to be good, but it's a fairly unrealistic pick to say the least.
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5:31PM on 09/20/2013
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) or Bryan Singer (X-Men and The Usual Suspects).
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) or Bryan Singer (X-Men and The Usual Suspects).
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4:39PM on 09/20/2013
Who should direct Star Trek 3? Why, me of course. :D I'm real cheap and do what I'm told.
Aside from that, I think some good choices would be Martin Campbell and Frank Darabont,
Who should direct Star Trek 3? Why, me of course. :D I'm real cheap and do what I'm told.
Aside from that, I think some good choices would be Martin Campbell and Frank Darabont,
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4:01PM on 09/20/2013
Alfonso Cuarn, there is no one else who could do better.

Alfonso Cuarn, there is no one else who could do better.

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5:19PM on 09/20/2013
um.....i beg to differ, and please explain. i am from sweden...please exxplzin?
um.....i beg to differ, and please explain. i am from sweden...please exxplzin?
2:03AM on 09/21/2013
Anyone else who is "more respected" would attatach to much of an image/ego/reputation, like if Spielberg or Peter Jackson came on for Trek3 then all the production news would be about how they are doing things their way. Alfonso isn't mainstream enough yet to bring all the Hollywood bs politics with him. Plus I think he's the best working director to emerge over the last decade, personally I'd rather see him continue making original films, but on paper, he's not only the best choice, he would
Anyone else who is "more respected" would attatach to much of an image/ego/reputation, like if Spielberg or Peter Jackson came on for Trek3 then all the production news would be about how they are doing things their way. Alfonso isn't mainstream enough yet to bring all the Hollywood bs politics with him. Plus I think he's the best working director to emerge over the last decade, personally I'd rather see him continue making original films, but on paper, he's not only the best choice, he would make the best Star Trek film to date.
3:01PM on 09/20/2013

Nobody likes the idea of someone like Michel Gondry?

He or someone like him could bring some freshness. However, that particular choice would be a little eccentric for Star Trek. I just like how he can command a story and make it original...and with a cast of characters like the Enterprise crew? Who knows how good the film could be. Someone mentioned Brad Bird...he's got the storytelling chops, but he may be too similar to JJ.. Not enough flair to invigorate the Trek franchise (though with the right writers he could flourish...speaking of, a
He or someone like him could bring some freshness. However, that particular choice would be a little eccentric for Star Trek. I just like how he can command a story and make it original...and with a cast of characters like the Enterprise crew? Who knows how good the film could be. Someone mentioned Brad Bird...he's got the storytelling chops, but he may be too similar to JJ.. Not enough flair to invigorate the Trek franchise (though with the right writers he could flourish...speaking of, a 'cast this' star trek 3 screenwriter column would be a sweet followup to this one ). Spielberg would be the first choice for any franchise lol. If only. Okay so, my second to Gondry would be Andrew Niccol, Zack Snyder, and Robert Rodriguez. Hit me
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3:11PM on 09/20/2013
and if you don't like Q or Klingons, imagine if it were the Borg.
and if you don't like Q or Klingons, imagine if it were the Borg.
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2:29PM on 09/20/2013

My Top 5, its a little lengthy but includes realistic picks with a few that haven't been mentioned yet.

Okay, just to get this out of the way three directors I would love to see direct Star Trek, but absolutely have no chance of happening are Brad Bird, Matt Reeves and Duncan Jones. I think Bird's playful sense of action would be slightly better suited to Star Ward but would also fit nicely with Star Trek, however his strong ties to Disney means this will likely never be anything more than a pipe dream. Reeves, in my opinion, is by far the best writer out of the J.J. pool (Homicide: Life on the
Okay, just to get this out of the way three directors I would love to see direct Star Trek, but absolutely have no chance of happening are Brad Bird, Matt Reeves and Duncan Jones. I think Bird's playful sense of action would be slightly better suited to Star Ward but would also fit nicely with Star Trek, however his strong ties to Disney means this will likely never be anything more than a pipe dream. Reeves, in my opinion, is by far the best writer out of the J.J. pool (Homicide: Life on the Streets, The Yards, Let Me In, and to a lesser extent Cloverfield) and his ties with Abrams would seem to make him an extremely obvious choice, however this one likely will not happen either because of his commitment to the Planet of the Apes series. Likewise Jones won't happen because of his commitment to Planet of the Apes. Which brings me to my realistic top 5:

1. Rian Johnson
Looper shows he can handle sci-fi and action. His past films show that he can handle humor and understands what it is that make genres work. He's also a fine writer and his lack of a current major project seems to make him a real contender.

2. David Yates
Probably not the first name that comes to mind but he knows how to make genre pics which successfully blend character, action and spectacle with solid stories, plus he has experience handling big budgets and large ensembles. I really think he's pretty qualified and am surprised we don't hear his name getting bandied about major franchises more often.

3. Kathryn Bigelow
This might seem like a head scratcher, but before she started making oscar-bait war movies she directed the excellent sci-fi flick "Strange Days". Also, she's married to Cameron so I'm pretty sure he's more than just a little familiar with the genre. She can handle large ensembles and deliver a quality product and I think her involvement would do a lot to get the brand to be taken seriously in a way its never really been before.

4. Drew Goddard
The second best out of the Abrams group. Cabin In The Woods seems like the perfect stepping stone for a project like this and again his ties to Abrams seem to make him an obvious choice.

5. Billy Ray
A talented but sadly obscure director. He's directed "Shattered Glass" and "Breach", both very solid character driven films.He also wrote Flightplan and the original draft of Suspect Zero before the final screenplay was butchered by Zak Penn. He's just a talented guy and at one point was attached to direct the Westworld remake, which seems to signify that he'd be interested in a large scope sci-fi project, plus to be honest, I'd just like to see the guy get his big break.
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2:52PM on 09/20/2013
Bigelow's been divorced from Cameron for about twenty years now. But I like the list. I can certainly imagine most of these people being rumored for the job anyway.
Bigelow's been divorced from Cameron for about twenty years now. But I like the list. I can certainly imagine most of these people being rumored for the job anyway.
2:18PM on 09/20/2013
A few names spring to mind:
- LeVar Burton. No one can say that Geordi LaForge doesn't care about STAR TREK.
- Jonathan Frakes. Likewise with William Riker.
- Joe Cornish. Gotta love what he did with ATTACK THE BLOCK.
- Josh Trank. Likewise with CHRONICLE.
- Kathryn Bigelow. What the hell.
A few names spring to mind:
- LeVar Burton. No one can say that Geordi LaForge doesn't care about STAR TREK.
- Jonathan Frakes. Likewise with William Riker.
- Joe Cornish. Gotta love what he did with ATTACK THE BLOCK.
- Josh Trank. Likewise with CHRONICLE.
- Kathryn Bigelow. What the hell.
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2:43PM on 09/20/2013
Shoot, I just listed Bigelow in mine and thought I was the first one to suggest her in this thread. Way to steal my thunder. :S I really do think she'd be a great choice, however I disagree with Frakes. First Contact was a fine Star Trek film, but Insurrection sucked bug time and all of his films since then (Clockstoppers, Thunderbirds, the Librarians made for tv movies) have sucked as well. Overall, he's just not a quality director and I wouldn't say Burton's more than a fairly generic TV
Shoot, I just listed Bigelow in mine and thought I was the first one to suggest her in this thread. Way to steal my thunder. :S I really do think she'd be a great choice, however I disagree with Frakes. First Contact was a fine Star Trek film, but Insurrection sucked bug time and all of his films since then (Clockstoppers, Thunderbirds, the Librarians made for tv movies) have sucked as well. Overall, he's just not a quality director and I wouldn't say Burton's more than a fairly generic TV director who'd been fortunate enough to direct some decent scripts. Trank and Cornish are both solid calls, I just wouldn't rank them in my personal top 5.
12:49PM on 09/20/2013

George Lucas

Let's see if he can handle the wrath of trekkies!!
Let's see if he can handle the wrath of trekkies!!
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2:53PM on 09/20/2013
Not lying, I'd pay to see that just for the sheer ballsiness of it.
Not lying, I'd pay to see that just for the sheer ballsiness of it.
12:45PM on 09/20/2013
Anyone who can zap this shitty alternative 'Trek' timeline out of existence.
Anyone who can zap this shitty alternative 'Trek' timeline out of existence.
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12:39PM on 09/20/2013

Spielberg

This will never happen but I would like to see Steven Spielberg do a Star Trek movie. He was once my favor director and he hasn't done anything "fun" in a while.
This will never happen but I would like to see Steven Spielberg do a Star Trek movie. He was once my favor director and he hasn't done anything "fun" in a while.
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11:56AM on 09/20/2013

Joseph Kosinski

Now I know there are a lot of people who didn't like Oblivion (I did), and I can understand why, but he also wrote the film. Story aside, there is no arguing that it isn't one of the most beautiful films made. I'm not saying he needs to write the film, I'm saying he should direct the film. Tron Legacy and Oblivion are two absolutely visually stunning films and are very well directed. If they can deliver him a solid script, he'll knock it out of the park!!!
Now I know there are a lot of people who didn't like Oblivion (I did), and I can understand why, but he also wrote the film. Story aside, there is no arguing that it isn't one of the most beautiful films made. I'm not saying he needs to write the film, I'm saying he should direct the film. Tron Legacy and Oblivion are two absolutely visually stunning films and are very well directed. If they can deliver him a solid script, he'll knock it out of the park!!!
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11:12AM on 09/21/2013
Interesting note: Tron Legacy was written by two JJ Abrams alumni, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who worked on Felicity and Lost. Currently, they are working on their own show, Once Upon A Time.

Oblivion was co-written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt, who also wrote Toy Story 3. That script still fell short, though it may have been flaws in the original story Kosinski developed.

Still, do you trust Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof to do better? If they are still on board, that is.
Interesting note: Tron Legacy was written by two JJ Abrams alumni, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who worked on Felicity and Lost. Currently, they are working on their own show, Once Upon A Time.

Oblivion was co-written by Oscar winner Michael Arndt, who also wrote Toy Story 3. That script still fell short, though it may have been flaws in the original story Kosinski developed.

Still, do you trust Kurtzman, Orci and Lindelof to do better? If they are still on board, that is.
11:34AM on 09/20/2013

John McTienan

He'll be out of jail in April. He needs a comeback
He'll be out of jail in April. He needs a comeback
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11:31AM on 09/20/2013

Bryan Singer

Good with ensembles, pace, and plot. Also a fan
Good with ensembles, pace, and plot. Also a fan
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2:52PM on 09/20/2013
i think he could do it, too.
i think he could do it, too.
2:54PM on 09/20/2013
I think Singer is WAY too unpredictable. One year he'll make something amazing and the next he'll make something blah. Talented guy but I don't trust him.
I think Singer is WAY too unpredictable. One year he'll make something amazing and the next he'll make something blah. Talented guy but I don't trust him.
11:16AM on 09/20/2013

Just to give an answer no one thought of...

Nimoy! He's directed Treks before, he knows the material, the cast and JJ very well. and it might keep him out of the third movie
Nimoy! He's directed Treks before, he knows the material, the cast and JJ very well. and it might keep him out of the third movie
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11:16AM on 09/20/2013
maybe someone with an original idea, and who cares about star trek - so anyone who is not JJ.
maybe someone with an original idea, and who cares about star trek - so anyone who is not JJ.
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11:03AM on 09/21/2013
JJ didn't write the script. He may have been involved, but Kurtzman, Orci, and Lindelof wrote the script. Abrams has created some interesting television, so he is not without original thought.

Oh but you are one of those "new Star Trek" haters who despise what Abrams did for the franchise and hold on to the past, even though it was effectively destroyed by Rich Berman and Brannon Braga. Wait, let's bring back Berman! His Star Trek was headed in the right direction!
JJ didn't write the script. He may have been involved, but Kurtzman, Orci, and Lindelof wrote the script. Abrams has created some interesting television, so he is not without original thought.

Oh but you are one of those "new Star Trek" haters who despise what Abrams did for the franchise and hold on to the past, even though it was effectively destroyed by Rich Berman and Brannon Braga. Wait, let's bring back Berman! His Star Trek was headed in the right direction!
10:52AM on 09/20/2013
Joe Cornish. I adore Attack the Block, he's close to both JJ and Simon Pegg, and I just really want to see what he can do directing a big budget Sci Fi flick.

Failing that I hope Disney gives him the Han Solo flick.
Joe Cornish. I adore Attack the Block, he's close to both JJ and Simon Pegg, and I just really want to see what he can do directing a big budget Sci Fi flick.

Failing that I hope Disney gives him the Han Solo flick.
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10:50AM on 09/20/2013

McG is the clear answer.

All others are incorrect. McG will take this franchise to another level.
All others are incorrect. McG will take this franchise to another level.
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11:15AM on 09/20/2013
You're right, he'll introduce sloppy storytelling and logical cinematic flaws like open heart surgery in the desert.
You're right, he'll introduce sloppy storytelling and logical cinematic flaws like open heart surgery in the desert.
12:54PM on 09/20/2013
Huh? "Sloppy storytelling" and "logical cinematic flaws" already exist already in Nu Trek. McG would have to bring something new to the table.
Huh? "Sloppy storytelling" and "logical cinematic flaws" already exist already in Nu Trek. McG would have to bring something new to the table.
1:57PM on 09/20/2013
I cannot tell if you were being sarcastic, but I hope you were. Look at McG's filmography on Rotten Tomatoes:

Charlie's Angels 67%
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 44%
We Are Marshall 49%
Terminator Salvation 33%
This Means War 27%

Only one fresh movie, and that 13 years ago. Since then the scores for his films have just gotten progressively worse.
I cannot tell if you were being sarcastic, but I hope you were. Look at McG's filmography on Rotten Tomatoes:

Charlie's Angels 67%
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 44%
We Are Marshall 49%
Terminator Salvation 33%
This Means War 27%

Only one fresh movie, and that 13 years ago. Since then the scores for his films have just gotten progressively worse.
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10:31AM on 09/20/2013

Brad Bird is the correct answer here.

Although I'd also be down with Martin Campbell or Alex Proyas.
Although I'd also be down with Martin Campbell or Alex Proyas.
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10:10AM on 09/20/2013

Brad Bird

Even though I would want to wait for JJ to come back and finish what he started, I would pick Brad Bird to direct the third Star Trek film. He did a brilliant job directing the next Mission Impossible film after him and I can't see why he couldn't do it again with Star Trek.
Even though I would want to wait for JJ to come back and finish what he started, I would pick Brad Bird to direct the third Star Trek film. He did a brilliant job directing the next Mission Impossible film after him and I can't see why he couldn't do it again with Star Trek.
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9:53AM on 09/20/2013
This won't be the sexiest suggestion out there or even a likely one, but I'd like to see someone who worked on past Treks give their mark to the JJ Universe. This could be a Nick Meyer (Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country), a Nimoy if he's up to it (Star Treks 3 and 4), a Frakes (First Contact) or someone who was involved throughout the shows. Heck, Levar Burton kept directing for the shows long after TNG was done and was always very solid. People who were around in the past know the
This won't be the sexiest suggestion out there or even a likely one, but I'd like to see someone who worked on past Treks give their mark to the JJ Universe. This could be a Nick Meyer (Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country), a Nimoy if he's up to it (Star Treks 3 and 4), a Frakes (First Contact) or someone who was involved throughout the shows. Heck, Levar Burton kept directing for the shows long after TNG was done and was always very solid. People who were around in the past know the characters very well and would likely err towards character moments over an orgasm of explosions.

I wonder if Ronald D. Moore would like one more crack at writing/going over the movie script? Having it worked on by both old and new eyes can't really hurt.
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9:45AM on 09/20/2013

Brad Bird, obviously

After Abrams departed Mission Impossible, Bird came on and delivered something that pushed the series forward by providing a great sense of tone. He could easily do the same for Star Trek, especially if we're to trust him not to dig up old bones similar to how JJ did for Into Darkness.
After Abrams departed Mission Impossible, Bird came on and delivered something that pushed the series forward by providing a great sense of tone. He could easily do the same for Star Trek, especially if we're to trust him not to dig up old bones similar to how JJ did for Into Darkness.
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2:50PM on 09/20/2013
too boring
too boring
9:37AM on 09/20/2013

Duncan Jones

or Rian Johnson
or Rian Johnson
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9:22AM on 09/20/2013

Michel Gondry

and the "Villain" would be Q from ST:TNG. Time travel and omnipresence, baby! I think Gondry could handle it. And John De Lancey (is that his name?) is great.
and the "Villain" would be Q from ST:TNG. Time travel and omnipresence, baby! I think Gondry could handle it. And John De Lancey (is that his name?) is great.
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2:56PM on 09/20/2013
I actually don't think there should be a "villain" per say, I think they really just need to explore their universe and different social orders. They're finally actually exploring now, I hope the sincerely capitalize on that. Build up the mythology of this iteration and throw in some semi deep philosophy!
I actually don't think there should be a "villain" per say, I think they really just need to explore their universe and different social orders. They're finally actually exploring now, I hope the sincerely capitalize on that. Build up the mythology of this iteration and throw in some semi deep philosophy!
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9:13AM on 09/20/2013

But seriously

Rian Johnson would be a perfect choice.
Rian Johnson would be a perfect choice.
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9:11AM on 09/20/2013
ME!
ME!
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8:29AM on 09/20/2013
Edgar Wright
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8:24AM on 09/20/2013
Guillermo del Toro he did alright by Blade and Hellboy the effects of his films are great an unique plus he can spin a good story witness Pans Labyrinth and the Devils Back Bone or Nolan would be good too he doesn't do effects just for the hell of it they are in service to the story plus he can create great villains imagine what he could've done with Khan
Guillermo del Toro he did alright by Blade and Hellboy the effects of his films are great an unique plus he can spin a good story witness Pans Labyrinth and the Devils Back Bone or Nolan would be good too he doesn't do effects just for the hell of it they are in service to the story plus he can create great villains imagine what he could've done with Khan
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8:20AM on 09/20/2013

BAYSPLOSIONS!!!

Yeah, splosions! PEW PEW PEW!!! -brofist-
Yeah, splosions! PEW PEW PEW!!! -brofist-
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8:11AM on 09/20/2013

How about Matt Reeves?

If it can't be JJ, I imagine we'll get a different Bad Robot collaborator...which is cool with me, as I loved Cloverfield and Let Me In.
If it can't be JJ, I imagine we'll get a different Bad Robot collaborator...which is cool with me, as I loved Cloverfield and Let Me In.
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3:05PM on 09/20/2013
He would be one of my top choices for sure, bad sadly it will not happen (at least not this time) because of his commitment to the Planet of the Apes series.
He would be one of my top choices for sure, bad sadly it will not happen (at least not this time) because of his commitment to the Planet of the Apes series.
10:42AM on 09/21/2013
Did Matt Reeves commit to any Planet of the Apes movie past Dawn? I hadn't read anything about that. I would think he could finish Dawn with time to prep Star Trek 3.
Did Matt Reeves commit to any Planet of the Apes movie past Dawn? I hadn't read anything about that. I would think he could finish Dawn with time to prep Star Trek 3.
7:40AM on 09/20/2013
Christopher Nolan, Duncan Jones and also ask director, Alex Proyas what he would do in his vision.
Christopher Nolan, Duncan Jones and also ask director, Alex Proyas what he would do in his vision.
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6:56AM on 09/20/2013

Hmmm... I think the obvious answer is George Lucas. Hahaha just playin.

c|X^{D~ Haha no... Seriously though, I think Peter Jackson, Brad Bird, David Yates would all be good choices. Though my number one would be to just wait it out for Abrams to finish Star Wars: VII
Am I the only one wishing for that?
c|:^{D~
c|X^{D~ Haha no... Seriously though, I think Peter Jackson, Brad Bird, David Yates would all be good choices. Though my number one would be to just wait it out for Abrams to finish Star Wars: VII
Am I the only one wishing for that?
c|:^{D~
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7:06AM on 09/20/2013
Nope - I'm more than happy to wait for Abrams to free himself up to direct.
Nope - I'm more than happy to wait for Abrams to free himself up to direct.
6:48AM on 09/20/2013

I'LL PUT UP 3 NAMES THAT WOULDN'T DISAPPOINT

In this order, my choices are
David Twohy - No disappointment here with any Riddick film
Joss Wheedon - Didn't disappoint the fandom.
Neil Bloomkamp - Provocative directing efforts.
In any choice that's made for this chair, the legacy will be followed pretty close. The question is, how will Abrams be as Producer and will the director be able to handle the legacy? It'll be good nonetheless.
In this order, my choices are
David Twohy - No disappointment here with any Riddick film
Joss Wheedon - Didn't disappoint the fandom.
Neil Bloomkamp - Provocative directing efforts.
In any choice that's made for this chair, the legacy will be followed pretty close. The question is, how will Abrams be as Producer and will the director be able to handle the legacy? It'll be good nonetheless.
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3:08PM on 09/20/2013
Twohy might not disappoint you but he disappoints plenty of other people. There's a reason why Chronicles of Riddick is only at 29% on RT. Whedon and Blomkamp would both be cool, but as long as Whedon has his contract w/ Disney there is no way that's happening and Blomkamp has already said he wouldn't do it.
Twohy might not disappoint you but he disappoints plenty of other people. There's a reason why Chronicles of Riddick is only at 29% on RT. Whedon and Blomkamp would both be cool, but as long as Whedon has his contract w/ Disney there is no way that's happening and Blomkamp has already said he wouldn't do it.
6:14AM on 09/20/2013
Brad Bird.
Brad Bird.
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6:11AM on 09/20/2013
My picks: Martin Campbell (pretty much reinvented the James Bond an Zorro franchises), James Mangold (knows how to combine character driven stories and spectacle) and Brad Bird (just a great director).
My picks: Martin Campbell (pretty much reinvented the James Bond an Zorro franchises), James Mangold (knows how to combine character driven stories and spectacle) and Brad Bird (just a great director).
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3:09PM on 09/20/2013
I'd be down for Mangold directing it.
I'd be down for Mangold directing it.
5:49AM on 09/20/2013
I'd say Duncan Jones, but then again... no! Jones shouldn't do franchise movies.
I'd say Duncan Jones, but then again... no! Jones shouldn't do franchise movies.
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5:26AM on 09/20/2013

Okay... I have four answers for this one...

1. This will always be my first choice - JOSS WHEDON! And I'm not just jumping on the post-Avengers band wagon. I've been a die hard fan since the first episode of Buffy- but it was his work on Firefly and Serenity that shows he could easily tackle Star Trek.

If we're going to look at it "realistically" though - if Abrams is too busy to do it then no way would Whedon fit it in.

2. MATTHEW VAUGHN - watch Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class back to back and then tell me you wouldn't
1. This will always be my first choice - JOSS WHEDON! And I'm not just jumping on the post-Avengers band wagon. I've been a die hard fan since the first episode of Buffy- but it was his work on Firefly and Serenity that shows he could easily tackle Star Trek.

If we're going to look at it "realistically" though - if Abrams is too busy to do it then no way would Whedon fit it in.

2. MATTHEW VAUGHN - watch Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class back to back and then tell me you wouldn't get excited about the notion of a Vaughn directed Trek. Add Jane Goldman to the writing team and you've got yourself an UberTrek film right there.

3. BRAD BIRD - simply put, he took over the Mission: Impossible franchise working under Abrams - so I wouldn't be adverse to this team up again

And finally 4. JONATHAN FRAKES. - this may be seen as a step backwards but before the "reboot" came along First Contact was my favourite Trek film. Maybe some old school trek sensibilities under the guidance of some new school blockbuster know how is what the third film needs?

CONCLUSION: my actual first choice would be to put the third new Trek on hold until Abrams is free to direct it him itself. However - if you made me choose just the one name from the list I just made, despite Whedon being my top choice is would put forward MATTHEW VAUGHN to be counted for this 'Cast This'
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3:10PM on 09/20/2013
Vaughan is definitely a good call.
Vaughan is definitely a good call.
4:55AM on 09/20/2013
Matthew vaughn,Neill bloomkamp,Brad bird
Matthew vaughn,Neill bloomkamp,Brad bird
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4:55AM on 09/20/2013
Matthew vaughn,Neill bloomkamp,Brad bird
Matthew vaughn,Neill bloomkamp,Brad bird
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3:29AM on 09/20/2013

Spielberg

Let's flip the script. The Beard would turn this bitch up to eleven.
Let's flip the script. The Beard would turn this bitch up to eleven.
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5:42PM on 09/20/2013
Spielberg isn't was he used to be in the 80s and early 90s. Now he pumps out shit like A.I., The Terminal, Indiana Jones 4, The Lost World, and Tintin. He occasionally still makes a great film, but he's way too hit or miss now days.
Spielberg isn't was he used to be in the 80s and early 90s. Now he pumps out shit like A.I., The Terminal, Indiana Jones 4, The Lost World, and Tintin. He occasionally still makes a great film, but he's way too hit or miss now days.
5:42PM on 09/20/2013
Spielberg isn't was he used to be in the 80s and early 90s. Now he pumps out shit like A.I., The Terminal, Indiana Jones 4, The Lost World, and Tintin. He occasionally still makes a great film, but he's way too hit or miss now days.
Spielberg isn't was he used to be in the 80s and early 90s. Now he pumps out shit like A.I., The Terminal, Indiana Jones 4, The Lost World, and Tintin. He occasionally still makes a great film, but he's way too hit or miss now days.
10:50AM on 09/21/2013
Why would you include The Lost World on this list? That was from the 90s. Tintin was actually quite an enjoyable action-adventure (with a script co-written by Edgar Wright) and Indiana Jones 4 was ruined by George Lucas' insistence on approving the script. Spielberg had blame there, but he wasn't solely responsible.
Why would you include The Lost World on this list? That was from the 90s. Tintin was actually quite an enjoyable action-adventure (with a script co-written by Edgar Wright) and Indiana Jones 4 was ruined by George Lucas' insistence on approving the script. Spielberg had blame there, but he wasn't solely responsible.
3:27AM on 09/20/2013

Need someone new

Joe Carnahan, he could handle a big crew. And deliver both the action, comedy and drama needed for this.
Joe Carnahan, he could handle a big crew. And deliver both the action, comedy and drama needed for this.
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3:11PM on 09/20/2013
In the words of Will Smith "AWWWWWWWWW..... HECK NO!"
In the words of Will Smith "AWWWWWWWWW..... HECK NO!"
3:18AM on 09/20/2013

Two choices

Rian Johnson (lets not overlook his insane work on Breaking Bad)
Joe Cornish (of Attack The Block fame, which was just great)
Rian Johnson (lets not overlook his insane work on Breaking Bad)
Joe Cornish (of Attack The Block fame, which was just great)
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2:20AM on 09/20/2013

Spielberg.

The fact you said 'should' is very cool. Who 'will' direct Star Trek is more black and white and not fun. Availability, etc.
I'd like to see Spielberg direct it. I don't know if that's a gauche answer but that's the name that keeps elbowing Brad Bird, Edgar Wright, Duncan Jones, Michael Bay (from a purely visual stand point, not a plot stand point.) out of the way.
I feel like Spielberg is a good fit no matter the script or plot. He'd direct the shit out of whatever Orci and Kurtzman come up
The fact you said 'should' is very cool. Who 'will' direct Star Trek is more black and white and not fun. Availability, etc.
I'd like to see Spielberg direct it. I don't know if that's a gauche answer but that's the name that keeps elbowing Brad Bird, Edgar Wright, Duncan Jones, Michael Bay (from a purely visual stand point, not a plot stand point.) out of the way.
I feel like Spielberg is a good fit no matter the script or plot. He'd direct the shit out of whatever Orci and Kurtzman come up with whether it's a brassy action film or a contemplative space exploration film.
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2:16AM on 09/20/2013
I like the Duncan Jones suggestion. Both Moon and Source Code have kind of a Star Trek-y, futuristic look to them. I do like izzy's suggestion of Joseph Kosinski too. His name was put forward for Star Wars VII but now that I think about it, he would be a better fit for Star Trek. He's delivered some sleek, polished and immersive visuals.
I like the Duncan Jones suggestion. Both Moon and Source Code have kind of a Star Trek-y, futuristic look to them. I do like izzy's suggestion of Joseph Kosinski too. His name was put forward for Star Wars VII but now that I think about it, he would be a better fit for Star Trek. He's delivered some sleek, polished and immersive visuals.
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2:09AM on 09/20/2013
Rian Johnson would be the #1 choice. Duncan Jones 2. Unfortunately, I don't think either of them would take the gig. So I'd go with #3 on my wishlist, Joseph Kosinski. Guy can do sci-visuals as good as anyone, and I'd love to see what he could do with a great script (for once)
Rian Johnson would be the #1 choice. Duncan Jones 2. Unfortunately, I don't think either of them would take the gig. So I'd go with #3 on my wishlist, Joseph Kosinski. Guy can do sci-visuals as good as anyone, and I'd love to see what he could do with a great script (for once)
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3:12PM on 09/20/2013
Duncan Jones signed onj to Warcraft, so he probably would have taken it if he'd been approached in time.
Duncan Jones signed onj to Warcraft, so he probably would have taken it if he'd been approached in time.
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