'Star Trek 3' phasing into new direction

With J.J. Abrams busy refreshing the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, his other Sci-Fi project explores for a director to helm ‘Star Trek 3.’

Joe Cornish, who directed the well-received, yet scarcely seen ‘Attack the Block’ seems to be the current front-runner for the job. (Source: The Wrap)

‘Star Trek 3’ is expected to return all of its principal talent, both on-camera and behind the scenes. The notable exception is Abrams, who will produce under his Bad Robot company in conjunction with Skydance Productions. Abrams previously directed both ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ into both popular and critical successes.

With Abrams officially taking over screenwriting duties for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ along with ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ scribe Lawrence Kasdan, the move to find a new director for ‘Star Trek 3′ isn’t unexpected.

The choice of Cornish as Abrams’ possible successor may be.

‘Attack the Block’ is a 2011 UK film that chronicles an alien invasion that a South London group of young thugs attempt to thwart. ‘Inner City vs. Outer Space,’ as its tagline, the film crossed the $1 million mark in U.S. ticket sales.

The film was hailed by critics as a fresh take on the alien invasion genre, with much of that credit going to director Cornish.

‘Attack the Block’ received a 90% positive (Fresh) score from Rotten Tomatoes and was hailed by Harry Knowles of Ain’t it Cool as, “One of the great anti-hero character arcs in modern movie history. So great.”

So, Cornish is a director who deftly combines: humor, action, genre elements, Sci-Fi, and non-traditional heroic characters? Sounds like the foundation for a ‘Trek’ movie.

Flixnerd will keep you updated.

Deadline first broke Paramount’s interest in Cornish, whose most recent known project is co-writer for Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ feature for director Edgar Wright.

‘Star Trek 3’ is scheduled tentatively to begin shooting in 2014.

‘Attack the Block’ is currently available via streaming on iTunes and on Netflix DVD.


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