Trekkies might have been annoyed about the the prospects of a Star Trek reboot directed by J.J. Abrams back in 2009, but the irony is not lost on them (well, at least I hope it’s not…), as the popularity of the franchise was waning with smaller box office returns after each consequent release of the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies; with the nail hitting the head with the disappointing performance of Star Trek Nemesis. To make matters worse, there was also the cancelation of ‘Enterprise‘ after 3 seasons. So – although the reboot was catered to a wider audience – it was the only way to save the franchise and rejuvenate some, much needed vigour. Subsequently, it turned out to be a good movie; and was a hit with critics and fans alike, therefore it doing its job in successfully piquing a rather blasé audiences’ interest in a dying franchise.
Now that J.J. Abrams has decided to take control of rival franchise far, far away (in terms of hardcore fans at least), this has left a void in directorial duties for the third installment. After a rumor frenzy about who would be taking J.J. Abrams place on the directors chair, Roberto Orci – writer of the first two movies – stepped up to the plate, in what would be his directorial debut. It made sense… well, sort of! Orci has been involved with the creative process and developmental processes of Star Trek 3, just like the previous two movies, however; as stated, this would mark his first directing job – and the stakes are pretty high to produce a good film. Orci, did have the backing and support from the cast members, so that made the scenario seem a little more promising. Now we have learned that he has decided to back out of directorial duties, but is still attached as producer alongside J.J. Abrams. There has been no reason as of yet, as to why he backed out of helming the project. But this obviously puts Paramount in a precarious situation, as they were on track to start filming in Spring 2015 in order to meet their 2016 target date.
Now the hunt is on to find a replacement director, and one would assume they are hoping to find someone pretty promptly. Deadline has announced that fan-favorite, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End) is looking like a strong contender (…Edgar Wright, really? …seems like a pretty odd choice!) as he has been shortlisted by the studio as one of numerous possible directors. The “numerous other directors,” haven’t been named, but I guess Wright has plenty of geek-cred and fans would most likely be willing to give him a shot at the gig (considering what happened with the Ant-Man gig). It could make for an interesting shake-up.
Since Wright would be entering the series three films in, there is a set aesthetic he would have to replicate (so it fits with what came before), but since the Star Trek films are not part of an expansive shared movie universe and can operate more as their standalone entities, there’s a greater chance that Wright’s artistic flourishes will be able to come out and play, giving fans something familiar while retaining his auteur tendencies that helped him give him his voice as a director.
What do you think peeps? …Wright a good choice to tackle the third installment of the Star Trek reboot?
Star Trek 3 should be in theaters sometime in 2016
Via – ScreenRant