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May. 24, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

When J.J. Abrams jumped from "boldly going where no man has gone before" to "a galaxy far, far away" people immediately began to speculate on who might helm a follow up to STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS. The studio apparently wants to celebrate the series 50th anniversary in 2016 with a new film so even if they wanted Abrams back he's probably going to be far too busy with STAR WARS: EPISODE VII or one of his many other projects.

Now El Mayimbe from Latino-Review is reporting that there is a shortlist of people the studio is considering for STAR TREK 3 (or is it nu-STAR TREK 3?) and one of those names is ATTACK THE BLOCK director Joe Cornish. There are allegedly "numerous contenders" to direct the new film but at this time Cornish is the only person that has been named.

Joe Cornish would be a very interesting choice to take over the series and I would completely be behind him directing the film. ATTACK THE BLOCK obviously isn't on the same scale as a STAR TREK film but I think he has the skills to create a damn good addition to the franchise. Cornish helped write the screenplays for THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and the upcoming ANT-MAN so I'm sure he'll be helping with the scripting duties as well.

Remember though: nothing has been confirmed and a third film isn't even official yet so this could end up being nothing more than a rumor. However I think it would be very good news if Joe Cornish decided to beam aboard the Enterprise.

Extra Tidbit: Think Joe Cornish's connection to Edgar Wright will help him get the job? It certainly can't hurt.

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12:06PM on 05/25/2013
I wouldn't mind Joe Cornish, Brad Bird, Nick Meyer, Neil Blomkamp, or Spike Lee (yes, Lee is good when he has a good script)...or maybe Justin Lin?

They really, really need new screenwriters, though. The writing is such you need to be familiar with the previous Star Trek films and television series, as nothing really stands on its own in this 'reboot.' Like The Amazing Spider-Man -which went off the audiences being familiar with Spider-Man from the Raimi films - if the Abrams Star Trek
I wouldn't mind Joe Cornish, Brad Bird, Nick Meyer, Neil Blomkamp, or Spike Lee (yes, Lee is good when he has a good script)...or maybe Justin Lin?

They really, really need new screenwriters, though. The writing is such you need to be familiar with the previous Star Trek films and television series, as nothing really stands on its own in this 'reboot.' Like The Amazing Spider-Man -which went off the audiences being familiar with Spider-Man from the Raimi films - if the Abrams Star Trek films had to stand on their own, there would be massive plot-holes, since they don't explain anything.
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12:55AM on 05/25/2013

Here's an idea

Nick Frost could play Harcourt Fenton Mudd. He sends out a distress call and he sabotages the Enterprise. Why? Because he's working with the Klingons or the Ferengi or whoever. It depends because you need an exciting third act but the plan sounds like something a Ferengi would agree to. Perhaps a third act involves a brewing Klingon / Ferengi war that the incident draws the Enterprise into and Kirk has to now convince the Klingons NOT to destroy the Ferengi homeworld because -even though
Nick Frost could play Harcourt Fenton Mudd. He sends out a distress call and he sabotages the Enterprise. Why? Because he's working with the Klingons or the Ferengi or whoever. It depends because you need an exciting third act but the plan sounds like something a Ferengi would agree to. Perhaps a third act involves a brewing Klingon / Ferengi war that the incident draws the Enterprise into and Kirk has to now convince the Klingons NOT to destroy the Ferengi homeworld because -even though the Ferengi are pirates and lack honor- destroying an enemy when they are weak and you are strong is not an honorable way to respond.
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11:05PM on 05/24/2013
I see people recycling their Star Wars picks. I'd be beyond pumped if Cornish took the job.
I see people recycling their Star Wars picks. I'd be beyond pumped if Cornish took the job.
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8:31PM on 05/24/2013

Bring Nick Meyer back

He brought us 2 of the best Trek movies in WRATH OF KHAN and UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY. A smart guy, dude knew how to balance the action and commercial aspect of Trek with the intellect and substance sorely missing from this newer brand.
He brought us 2 of the best Trek movies in WRATH OF KHAN and UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY. A smart guy, dude knew how to balance the action and commercial aspect of Trek with the intellect and substance sorely missing from this newer brand.
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4:34PM on 05/24/2013
Many of you are naming these big visionary directors but anyone too huge wouldn't take Abrams' sloppy seconds. They most likely have totally separate visions for the material and would have to be somewhat consistent in style with the first two. I can't see any big visionaries even considering it.
Many of you are naming these big visionary directors but anyone too huge wouldn't take Abrams' sloppy seconds. They most likely have totally separate visions for the material and would have to be somewhat consistent in style with the first two. I can't see any big visionaries even considering it.
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3:31PM on 05/24/2013

Like it. Anyone but Kurtzman/Orci

I read somewhere Roberto Orci is vying for the job. Those guys need to leave the franchise - the movies were entertaining thanks to JJ's direction, NOT their scripts, which would have sunk them had it not been for the great cast/direction.
I read somewhere Roberto Orci is vying for the job. Those guys need to leave the franchise - the movies were entertaining thanks to JJ's direction, NOT their scripts, which would have sunk them had it not been for the great cast/direction.
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3:04PM on 05/24/2013
That would be an interesting choice, but I hope Edgar Wright would do it. That will be the only way to top it.
That would be an interesting choice, but I hope Edgar Wright would do it. That will be the only way to top it.
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2:41PM on 05/24/2013

my 2 cents

I would love to see Danny Boyle tackle a Star Trek movie. Brad bird would be another great choice.
I would love to see Danny Boyle tackle a Star Trek movie. Brad bird would be another great choice.
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2:06PM on 05/24/2013
Duncan Jones or Joe Cornish or Neil Blomkamp or tits or GTFO.
Duncan Jones or Joe Cornish or Neil Blomkamp or tits or GTFO.
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2:04PM on 05/24/2013
Aye dios double post mio!
Aye dios double post mio!
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1:35PM on 05/24/2013
Can Joe Cornish reunite Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in the Trek universe should he do it?
Can Joe Cornish reunite Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in the Trek universe should he do it?
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2:40PM on 05/24/2013
I wouldn't mind seeing Nick Frost as a bad ass Klingon!
I wouldn't mind seeing Nick Frost as a bad ass Klingon!
11:40PM on 05/24/2013
Nick Frost as Mudd!
Nick Frost as Mudd!
1:47AM on 05/25/2013
You just might be on to something: [link]
You just might be on to something: [link]
12:54PM on 05/24/2013
Agree Duncan Jones is the perfect choice. Moon and Source Code are perfect examples that he's ready to tackle a large scale sci-fi film.
Agree Duncan Jones is the perfect choice. Moon and Source Code are perfect examples that he's ready to tackle a large scale sci-fi film.
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12:06PM on 05/24/2013
Neill blomkamp or Matthew vaughn
Neill blomkamp or Matthew vaughn
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12:05PM on 05/24/2013
Neill blomkamp or Matthew vaughn
Neill blomkamp or Matthew vaughn
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11:53AM on 05/24/2013
Joe Cornish is not the first name that would come to mind, but bro is talented. I would be all for this.
Joe Cornish is not the first name that would come to mind, but bro is talented. I would be all for this.
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11:03AM on 05/24/2013
If it has to be that way, then Brad Bird. JJ Abrams more or less gave him his blessing, when Bird took over for Mission Impossible. And look how that turned out.
If it has to be that way, then Brad Bird. JJ Abrams more or less gave him his blessing, when Bird took over for Mission Impossible. And look how that turned out.
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10:55AM on 05/24/2013

Allow It

Attack The Block was phenomenal. That great blend of characters, setting, iconography, timeliness, and story that makes an instant classic.

Joe Cornish was one of my top picks for Episode VII and I'd fully trust him to handle these characters the right way and bring along a trippy sci fi story to boot.

Still want to see John Boyega snag a good role in Episode VII. Moses had a real Han Solo vibe to him.
Attack The Block was phenomenal. That great blend of characters, setting, iconography, timeliness, and story that makes an instant classic.

Joe Cornish was one of my top picks for Episode VII and I'd fully trust him to handle these characters the right way and bring along a trippy sci fi story to boot.

Still want to see John Boyega snag a good role in Episode VII. Moses had a real Han Solo vibe to him.
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10:37AM on 05/24/2013

I GOT IT!!!

GEORGE LUCAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEORGE LUCAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10:34AM on 05/24/2013
I'd rather JJ finish out Star Trek and push back Star Wars. His style is ALL OVER the first two and he has so much momentum with two great installments. And to be honest, I didn't much care for Attack the Block.
I'd rather JJ finish out Star Trek and push back Star Wars. His style is ALL OVER the first two and he has so much momentum with two great installments. And to be honest, I didn't much care for Attack the Block.
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2:05PM on 05/24/2013
You had me until that last sentence. Then you lost me. So hard.
You had me until that last sentence. Then you lost me. So hard.
10:30AM on 05/24/2013

perfect choice is...

Duncan Jones.
Nuff said.
Duncan Jones.
Nuff said.
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10:28AM on 05/24/2013

I would be very happy if

Edgar Wright gets this
Edgar Wright gets this
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10:26AM on 05/24/2013
Joss Whedon! :))
Joss Whedon! :))
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10:23AM on 05/24/2013
If Abrams doesn't come back and finish his trilogy, I'll be disappointed. This franchise is his baby and I would hate to see anyone else come in and ruin what he started.

If they have to pick a new director than I would want to see Duncan Jones, Brad Bird, or Neill Blomkamp take over the directing duties.
If Abrams doesn't come back and finish his trilogy, I'll be disappointed. This franchise is his baby and I would hate to see anyone else come in and ruin what he started.

If they have to pick a new director than I would want to see Duncan Jones, Brad Bird, or Neill Blomkamp take over the directing duties.
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10:15AM on 05/24/2013
If Abrams doesn't take it, Edgar Wright is the perfect choice to take over. And he'll be done ANT-MAN in time so it's perfect.
If Abrams doesn't take it, Edgar Wright is the perfect choice to take over. And he'll be done ANT-MAN in time so it's perfect.
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10:15AM on 05/24/2013
Double Post....Oops.
Double Post....Oops.
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10:09AM on 05/24/2013
It can't get better than Abrams...so if you can't make it as good, may as well make it so bad it's good....
Uwe Boll.
It can't get better than Abrams...so if you can't make it as good, may as well make it so bad it's good....
Uwe Boll.
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10:08AM on 05/24/2013
Of course, I would love it to be Abrams, since he has done such a great job so far. However, if he can't, I won't be disappointed, just as long as the movie still rocks. Who cares who the director is, if the movie is great.
Of course, I would love it to be Abrams, since he has done such a great job so far. However, if he can't, I won't be disappointed, just as long as the movie still rocks. Who cares who the director is, if the movie is great.
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10:04AM on 05/24/2013

I'm sorry but...

I'm now very wary of when changes in director for a third film in a franchise.

I loved Bryan Singer's X-Men films and then Ratner's third film was a disappointment. Also, and I know this will probably be an unpopular opinion, but I preferred Jon Fravreau's Iron Man films over Black's film.

A new director will bring new ideas and often a new a look and feel. Not always a bad thing (I like the fact each Mission: Impossible film is different to the previous) but, "if it ain't broke, don't
I'm now very wary of when changes in director for a third film in a franchise.

I loved Bryan Singer's X-Men films and then Ratner's third film was a disappointment. Also, and I know this will probably be an unpopular opinion, but I preferred Jon Fravreau's Iron Man films over Black's film.

A new director will bring new ideas and often a new a look and feel. Not always a bad thing (I like the fact each Mission: Impossible film is different to the previous) but, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

For me, if Abrams really can't direct the next Trek film (for me, it's Star Trek XXIII, Nimoy's appearances continue the order IMO) then it is a MUST that Lindeloff, Kurtzman and Orci remain in place, and the film is a continuation with the same feel and look as the previous two. Hopefully Abrams will continue in an active producing role to help ensure this.
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10:11AM on 05/24/2013
Can you name any other trilogies or is it just X-Men?

Also, Lindeloff wasn't involved in the first film. So isn't it breaking continuity already?
Can you name any other trilogies or is it just X-Men?

Also, Lindeloff wasn't involved in the first film. So isn't it breaking continuity already?
10:21AM on 05/24/2013
I think regardless of how many trilogies he listed in his post, he makes a very good point. And X-Men is a prime example of changing a director for a third movie only to have it crumble. And I'm pretty sure he also mentioned the Iron Man trilogy as well, which is the exact same problem.

And I think his point with Lindeloff, Kurtzman, and Orci was to keep the writing team the same so story, themes, tone, etc. stay consistent if the property has to get handed over to another director.

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I think regardless of how many trilogies he listed in his post, he makes a very good point. And X-Men is a prime example of changing a director for a third movie only to have it crumble. And I'm pretty sure he also mentioned the Iron Man trilogy as well, which is the exact same problem.

And I think his point with Lindeloff, Kurtzman, and Orci was to keep the writing team the same so story, themes, tone, etc. stay consistent if the property has to get handed over to another director.

Go have a Klondike bar and chill out bud. It's just movie talk on the internet, you don't need to take it that seriously.
10:24AM on 05/24/2013
I actually think Black improved the Iron Man franchise with Iron Man 3, despite the twist that has pissed off many fans (even though I enjoyed the twist and film).
I actually think Black improved the Iron Man franchise with Iron Man 3, despite the twist that has pissed off many fans (even though I enjoyed the twist and film).
11:53AM on 05/24/2013
Oh no worries bro, that is DEFINITELY not an unpopular opinion. It might not be shared by everyone, but anyone who understands the mechanics of basic screenwriting knows that Black & Pearce turned Iron Man 3 was a big shiny, hollow action movie. Although to be fair, Iron Man 2 is really the one that ruined that series. Also, if you need more ammo for your trilogy comparison you might want to include Terminator 3 and Jurassic Park 3 to the list. Heck, even kids movies like Shrek and the Narnia
Oh no worries bro, that is DEFINITELY not an unpopular opinion. It might not be shared by everyone, but anyone who understands the mechanics of basic screenwriting knows that Black & Pearce turned Iron Man 3 was a big shiny, hollow action movie. Although to be fair, Iron Man 2 is really the one that ruined that series. Also, if you need more ammo for your trilogy comparison you might want to include Terminator 3 and Jurassic Park 3 to the list. Heck, even kids movies like Shrek and the Narnia series follow this. Not, to mention the bigger problem of the third installment in sequels generally (but not always) struggle to match the quality of their predecessors to begin with.
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9:54AM on 05/24/2013
I'd like to see Gore Verbinski direct a Star Trek movie.
I'd like to see Gore Verbinski direct a Star Trek movie.
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