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J.J. Abrams Confirms He Will Not Direct Star Trek 3

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AbramsSince taking the reigns of Star Wars: Episode VII, it has seemed very unlikely, if not impossible, that J.J. Abrams would have time to also helm Star Trek 3 as well. Now, after a lot of hemming and hawing, he has finally confirmed that. That’s good news for Trek-loving Abrams haters, but the Star Wars-loving Abrams haters are still stuck with him for at least one movie.

Abrams broke the news that seemed inevitable to Collider while promoting the Blu-ray/DVD release of Star Trek Into Darkness. The general consensus was that there was no way Abrams would be able to direct both projects, especially since Episode VII is effectively launching a new era in Star Wars history, courtesy of the Disney buyout and their ambitious plans for the franchise. Asked about how he felt about passing the director’s chair to someone else, Abrams replied:

It’s a little bittersweet. But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.

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Klingons On Display In Unused Concept Designs From Star Trek Into Darkness

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When you reboot anything, it stands to reason that your version is going to be endlessly measured against the original, for good or ill. David Cronenberg remade The Fly and we got a masterpiece of body horror. Len Wiseman remade Total Recall and people asked, “Why?” J.J. Abrams remade Star Trek and people asked…well, actually they didn’t so much ask anything as just scream profanity at the screen. Love Abrams’ Trek or hate it, if it has a strength, it’s that it opens the potential to see the fates of the classic Original Series characters playing out differently. Those changes can apply to major things like the history and introduction of one Khan Noonien Singh, or it can apply to smaller elements, such as how you want to tweak those trademark Klingon foreheads.

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Star Trek Screenwriters Returning For Star Trek 3

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USS Enterprise Crew

It’s unlikely that J.J. Abrams will return to the director’s chair for Star Trek 3, especially if Paramount wants the sequel film in 2016 to tie in with the Star Trek 50th anniversary. Abrams will be far too busy with directing Star Wars: Episode VII for 2015 to handle two high-profile science fiction series at the same time. All movies start with the screenplay, and it looks like Paramount is sticking with the familiar, bringing back Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to pen the script for Star Trek 3.

A few weeks ago, there were rumors that Paramount was looking for new writing teams to take over writing duties for the next Star Trek sequel. Screenwriters Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) were said to be in consideration for the job, but now it looks like Paramount is keeping their franchise consistent on the writing front. While Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus co-wrote Star Trek Into Darkness with Kurtzman and Orci, THR says it’s unlikely he will return for Trek 3.

It also seems that J.J. Abrams is in negotiations to produce Star Trek 3 for Bad Robot Productions, instead of directing. Considering he’ll be very busy with Disney, Lucasfilm, and Episode VII, will Abrams have enough time to properly produce Star Trek 3? The hunt is on for the new Star Trek director.

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Star Trek 3 Could Find A New Director With Jon Chu

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Jon Chu

With the box office success of Star Trek Into Darkness a few months ago, and the impending release of the Star Trek sequel on Blu-ray/DVD in September, Paramount Pictures is bound to be pleased with the state of the Star Trek franchise. Star Trek Into Darkness has grossed $450.8 million worldwide, and now Paramount is looking to the future and Star Trek 3. Although the next Trek sequel has yet to be officially confirmed, Paramount is currently looking at new directors for the film, since J.J. Abrams will likely be too busy with Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s believed that Star Trek 3 is looking at a 2016 release date to tie in with Trek‘s 50th anniversary, so the sequel has to be fast-tracked, regardless of Abrams’ availability. Now a new rumor suggests that Paramount already has somebody in mind.

According to Latino Review’s inside sources, Paramount Pictures has a list of potential directors they’re considering for Trek 3. Director Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) is rumored to be on the list, along with Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) and Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). Cornish, Lin, and Bird would all be fine choices, but allegedly the director at the very top of Paramount’s list is Jon Chu (Step Up, G.I. Joe: Retaliation).

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Damon Lindelof Already Knows The Direction Of Star Trek 3

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Damon LindelofCONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS FOR STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: PLEASE READ WITH CAUTION!!!

Although the film hasn’t been released in the States, Star Trek Into Darkness is mostly seeing positive reviews from international film critics. When the Star Trek sequel opens in the U.S., the conversation will quickly shift from Star Trek Into Darkness to Star Trek 3.

While it’s still unclear whether or not J.J. Abrams will return to the director’s chair for Trek 3 (he’ll be a little busy with a small movie called Star Wars: Episode VII), screenwriter and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof has some ideas about the third installment in the Star Trek reboot film series. According to Lindelof’s interview with HeyUGuys.co.uk, Star Trek 3 may feature a conflict between Starfleet and Klingons. Lindelof reveals, “You can never see enough Klingons, and I think in this film we’ve given the audience a little taste, but there’s also a promise that there’s a larger conflict on the horizon, and that would be fun to see.”

Although John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is Star Trek Into Darkness’ main villain, the Klingons do play a role in the sequel. Klingons were even featured in one of the film’s marketing materials, but when asked if Harrison would possibly return for Trek 3, Lindelof says, “To answer that question would be to determine whether or not he actually survives this movie, but if he survives this movie, I think that we would be incredibly stupid to not use him again.”