The idea of a famous director helming a single scene or shot in a movie that’s not their own is not a new one. For instance, in 2005, Quentin Tarantino directed one scene in Robert Rodriguez’s film adaptation of Frank Miller’s Sin City. So when Edgar Wright (The World’s End) recently tweeted a photo of himself directing a shot in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek fans everywhere rejoiced at the idea that Wright could be the right director for Star Trek 3.
About a month ago, Edgar Wright teased his fans when he tweeted that he directed one shot in an upcoming summer movie. Although he didn’t reveal the film at the time, many of his fans believed that he directed a shot in Marvel’s Iron Man 3. Edgar Wright will direct the upcoming Ant-Man as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two, so it’s natural to think that he would’ve directed the end credits sequence in Iron Man 3. Edgar Wright instead reveals that he directed a shot in Star Trek Into Darkness.
There are 2120 shots in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. I directed one of them. Looking forward to seeing the other 2119. twitter.com/edgarwright/st…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 9, 2013
The photo above shows Edgar Wright on the Star Trek Into Darkness set of Kronos, the Klingon home planet, with an IMAX camera. We know that Klingons will play a bigger role in Star Trek Into Darkness than they did in the first Star Trek reboot film (they were featured in a deleted scene). So look out for Edgar Wright’s directorial flourish when you watch Star Trek Into Darkness next week.
Could Edgar Wright be a good fit for Star Trek 3? Although J.J. Abrams would produce the film, it’s very likely he’ll be too busy with Star Wars: Episode VII to return for the third Trek film. Edgar Wright is a good friend of J.J. Abrams and, of course, Simon Pegg, who is featured in the new Star Trek films. Wright is also one of the best genre film directors working today, so perhaps this single shot in Star Trek Into Darkness could also serve as Wright’s demo reel for Star Trek 3.
Star Trek Into Darkness will hit theaters everywhere on May 16th, in 3D and IMAX.