With J.J. Abrams in a galaxy far, far away, the final frontier is wide open. After the success of this year’s Star Trek Into Darkness, Paramount is getting ready to prep a third Star Trek film and the hunt for a new director is underway. The studio has yet to make a decision, but Latino Review is reporting the frontrunner is Jon M. Chu, the director of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Update: The director’s reps deny that Chu is connected to the film. Via email, they said “No one has contacted Jon or his reps about this project.” Now, Paramount could still be interested in him, but that may be all it is right now. Other rumors paint Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as the next likely choice.
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Rumors and speculation continue to swirl about what’s going on in both “Star” universes. On the Star Trek side, Badass Digest is reporting Bad Robot could go out to Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz for help on the script for Star Trek 3. They’re the team who had a hand in writing Thor, X-Men: First Class and Fringe. If it happens, they’d work closely with the co-writers and producers of the first two films, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
That, of course, begs the question of who is going to direct? J.J. Abrams is well into pre-production for Star Wars Episode VII, which means he’d be unavailable, but now rumors have begun to rise that he’s considering leaving that project. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
J.J. Abrams‘ decision to take the Star Wars Episode VII helming gig seemed to leave Paramount’s Star Trek franchise with a pretty significant gap. Someone has to direct Star Trek 3, after all, and with Abrams off exploring the further adventures of Luke, Han, and Leia, it didn’t seem like he’d have much time left over for Kirk and Spock.
Still, the director’s been reluctant to totally rule out the possibility of returning for Star Trek 3. And if Trek star Zachary Quinto‘s latest comments are be to be believed, that may be because he’s still hoping to fit the movie in sometime next year. Hit the jump to see what Spock said.
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Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Who better to make a special Grown Ups 2 chili recipe than Guy Fieri? Also after the jump:
- Legendary doesn’t seem optimistic about Hellboy 3
- Neill Blomkamp isn’t interested in Star Trek 3
- Steven Seagal might do Expendables 3
- Transformers 4 sets up a Chinatown in Detroit
- Optimus Prime sees some action in new set videos
- Machete Kills will premiere at Fantastic Fest
- Charlie Sheen gets his own character poster
- Rub a dub dub, it’s a guy from The Raid 2 in a tub
- The gang’s all here in The Best Man Holiday trailer
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Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
I hope you’re excited for Human Centipede III, because shooting in LA has already begun. Also after the jump:
- Will Forte is working on MacGruber 2 this summer
- Could the Fast Five vault heist happen in real life? (No.)
- Charlie Sheen returns to his Latino roots for Machete Kills
- Glenn Morshower won’t be in Transformers 4, but you could be
- Rumor has it Sharon Stone wants a Basic Instinct 3
- J.J. Abrams hasn’t ruled out a third Star Trek
- Hatchet III and The Smurfs 2 get new posters
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Two Star Trek writers don’t think they’ll work on Star Wars, while another one does. Plus the director himself talks all about his fandom. Read about the following in this edition of Star Wars Bits:
- Who does J.J. Abrams think shot first, Han Solo or Greedo?
- Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci don’t think they’ll be working on a Star Wars movie…
- …but Damon Lindelof believes he might by the end of the decade.
- Abrams talks about lessons he learned from Star Trek that he’ll use on Star Wars and how he plans to work on both Star Trek 3 and Episode VII.
- Costume Designer Michael Kaplan (Blade Runner, Fight Club, Star Trek) joins Star Wars Episode VII.
- EA Games teases a brand new Star Wars Battlefront game.
- Famous Star Wars characters danced up a storm at Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios.
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Since being hired to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, J.J. Abrams has had a secondary role in addition to keeping the Star Trek series on track: being a cheerleader for two very different series owned by different companies. As the new captain of Trek, Abrams is just about to launch his second Enterprise mission, and then will have to quickly shift over into Star Wars mode to get Episode VII rolling early next year.
Part of his role as shepherd of both series has been to remain optimistic about the chances of working on both going forward, even though such a thing seems unlikely. Simon Pegg once blurted out that Abrams would definitely direct Star Trek 3, but later had to admit he couldn’t speak for Abrams. And Abrams has said that directing both Episode VII and Star Trek 3 was a possibility.
There are a couple years of work ahead on Star Wars, and also the very real possibility that Paramount will want a Trek sequel as soon as possible. And so Star Trek may need a new director after all. Read More »
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As is usually the case when a major franchise sequel is on the horizon, talk quickly turns to a potential follow up. Robert Downey Jr., for example, was hounded about doing Iron Man 4 before this weekend’s Iron Man 3. With Star Trek Into Darkness just a couple weeks away, the cast and crew of that film are being grilled about what a potential Star Trek 3 might be.
We already know Paramount is hoping the film will be ready for 2016, the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. Despite J.J. Abrams’ minor commitment to another film before that date, he’s still open to directing. Now producer and co-writer Damon Lindelof has suggested that a third film could feature a Starfleet vs. Klingon plotline, jumping off from the role Klingons play in Into Darkness. He also talks about the possible return of a major character.
Read his quotes, as well as the thoughts of several other cast members, after the jump. Read More »