Paramount is eyeing a 2016 release for Star Trek 3, with or without J.J. Abrams at the helm. Most likely it will be the latter — one person from the cast hopes that he will make a return, but more on that later. For obvious reasons, one of them being that Abrams is busy working on Star Wars: Episode VII, the director will be unable to come back for a third helping seeing that there are some major scheduling conflicts. So the studio have their sights set on other names in hopes that they will fill in, now that Abrams has jumped to the other Star franchise.
LatinoReview is reporting that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu is one of the frontrunners to direct the third Trek movie. Also, Star Trek‘s Karl Urban wants the third film to be more original and go back to basics. Hit the jump for more.
First the Chu rumor. As previously mentioned, Paramount is eyeing Chu to direct the sequel to Star Trek Into Darkness. The director has already helmed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, a tentpole hit film for Paramount, and is reportedly attached to direct its sequel. Other projects include an adaptation of Master of the Universe and more. But those might get put on the back burner, considering that Star Trek is one of Paramount’s most lucrative titles.
No word yet on what the film could be about, but it is rumored that Starfleet could face off against the Klingons. Though Chu has a modest track record, directing a Star Trek film is one large step up the ladder, as it doesn’t even begin to compare with the films he’s previously directed.
Moving on to Karl Urban. In an interview conducted by IGN, the actor has said that he would like to see more of an original story in Star Trek 3.
“What I really believe we should do now is strive for originality. In Star Trek Into Darkness we took one of the most revered and loved adversaries of the Enterprise and put him in there, and did a story that had all of these wonderful nods to films from the past, and episodes from the past. I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new.”
So what did the actor mean by original, different, and new. Well,, he thinks that the Star Trek sequel should go back to basics and focus more on the Trek part of Star Trek.
“Let’s not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was about space exploration. It would be really wonderful to harness the spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something different than a revenge-based picture.”
While the actor has put in a request for more originality, it’s his choice of a director that seems to be more of a head scratcher.
“J.J. has set the bar so high and he is just a unique filmmaker. There’s no doubt about it,” he said, adding that he did “look forward and welcome a fresh take, a new energy” from whoever replaces Abrams as the director takes on Star Wars Episode VII. “Whoever takes on the mantle of the next Star Trek is going to do a good job.”