Some rumours have been flying round over the weekend as to who might be directing the third Star Trek movie for Paramount. Thanks to his directing duties on Star Wars: Episode VII, JJ Abrams will not be available to direct Star Trek 3, although he will still be onboard as producer.
Over the past few months there have been names rumoured to be directing Star Trek 3, with both Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) being top of the list. Wyatt even had the blessing from Abrams, but as he has now agreed to direct a remake of The Gambler (also for Paramount) this puts him out of the running for Star Trek 3.
Deadline is now reporting that British director Joe Cornish is topping the list of possible directors for the third Star Trek film. Cornish made his name back in 2011 with the excellent sci-fi horror comedy, Attack the Block. The film saw a gang of troubled youths fend off an alien invasion of their beloved turf. Since then Cornish has helped Edgar Wright on writing duties with both The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, and also the upcoming Marvel adaptation Ant-Man.
If Cornish should end up taking the directing job of Star Trek 3 it will be a massive step up for him, but considering the talent he showed with Attack the Block, Cornish just might be able to pull it off.