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Bryan Singer: Directing Star Trek Could Be ‘Great Experience’ March 14, 2013

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With JJ Abrams set to direct the next Star Wars movie, it now seems possible (perhaps probable) that a new director will be brought in to direct the follow-up film to Star Trek Into Darkness. One director who appears to be open to the idea of jumping into Trek is Byran Singer. More on that below, plus Entertainment Weekly offers suggestions for Trek’s next helmer.  



Bryan Singer Open To Directing Next Star Trek

X-Men and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer is a fan of Star Trek and was even involved in a possible pitch for a Star Trek series which was shelved once it was announced JJ Abrams had taken on the task of rebooting Star Trek. Now that there is talk of a Star Trek movie for 2016 and with JJ Abrams set to direct the next Star Wars movie due in 2015 many are assuming that Abrams (while returning to produce) will not be in the director’s chair for the next Trek.

And so when IGN was recently speaking to director Bryan Singer they brought up the issue of Trek. Singer is no stranger to jumping in and out of franchises. After directing the first two X-Men movies Singer left the franchise leaving Brett Ratner to direct X-Men: The Last Stand, and now Singer is back directing X-Men: Days of Future Past, the follow-up to Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class (which Singer produced).

Speaking to IGN, Singer talked about the notion of directing the next Star Trek, contrasting it with his experience with X-Men, saying…

It’s a very different thing jumping into someone else’s franchise, someone else’s cast. It was very tough when Brett Ratner did it with mine, you know. And you’re held up, particularly if it’s something that people really like what the originator did, you’re held to a very, very tough standard when you’re jumping into somebody else’s franchise. It’s a very scary thing to do cause’ they’re waiting to judge you.

But a sequel to a character charged Star Trek…I’m friends with some of the cast and I was on the set recently. I’m friends with J.J. [Abrams] and so I was on the set visiting, which was really cool and it looks really awesome. They’re really great people. Chris Pine is lovely and I’m friends with Zack [Quinto] and they’re all great. That would be the most fun part, to work with those people and to work with the lore that I love. I just…I’m like, the pressure of doing it would freak me out. Or might freak me out. That being said, if someone presented a story and a structure and the original director was supporting you, really supporting you and producing with you and behind you then maybe it would be a great experience.

Bryan Singer’s cameo in "Star Trek: Nemesis" – now says directing Star Trek could be a "great experience"

EW Contemplates Possible Star Trek Directors

Producer Bryan Burk’s recent comments that the next Star Trek could arrive in 2016 (which would likely be too soon after Star Wars Episode VII for Abrams to direct) also prompted Entertainment Weekly to start thinking about new directors. Their article suggested the following:



1. Copper Based Blood - March 14, 2013

Sounds good!!!

2. MJ - March 14, 2013

YES !!!!!

YES !!!!!

YES !!!!!

3. Copper Based Blood - March 14, 2013

Sounds good!!! singer is a great director.

4. omegaman - March 14, 2013

No problem with a replacement director, as long as they stick with the current format and don’t try to put their own stamp on it. This is not the time for Trek to depart from the standards set by Abrams and crew.

5. Ben - March 14, 2013

Love the Back To The Future nod! Great icon!

6. ken1w - March 14, 2013

Singer would be a great choice, assuming JJ is not available. I’ve become a fan of JJ in whatever he does (and he seems to be everywhere!).

7. kev - March 14, 2013

the superman returns director………?


sorry just had to say that lol, but if there’s one person who should helm a trek movie again its Jonathan Frakes with maybe him as a producer.

although he didnt write superman and I’ve heard X men first class wasnt bad so ehh maybe it aint that bad of an idea.

8. dmduncan - March 14, 2013

Singer directed the mega flopping Jack the Giant Slayer, which never should have been made. Career-wise, he’s not exactly on a roll.

But if Ender’s Game turns out to be a big hit, we may have another candidate director for #3. Gavin Hood.

9. MJ - March 14, 2013

Singer right now is like Joss Wedon BEFORE Avengers.

10. MJ - March 14, 2013

@8. There must be a reason why Ender’s Game has been moved to fall release science fiction hell???

I am not expecting much. If the studio thought it was going to be a hit, it would be coming out this summer.

11. DWNicolo - March 14, 2013

You forgot Joss Whedon.

12. kmart - March 14, 2013

The above list is almost as blue-sky as the list of directors proposed for TMP … that one had Coppola and Lucas and even George Roy Hill. As if!

Johnson won’t direct somebody else’s material, anyway.

13. dmduncan - March 14, 2013

Otherwise, the only guy on that list that I am REALLY keen on is Rian Johnson, because he’s the only guy on that list who experiments with the medium the way that great filmmakers do. Brick was a bizarre experience, but it was really inventive. Even though I didn’t think the film worked perfectly, I knew as I was watching it that here was a director who could be called an auteur. He wasn’t doing what everyone else did, he wasn’t, in other words, just another competent director telling a good story well. He was experimenting with the medium of film itself. He was THINKING new stuff.

I DIDN’T see Looper yet, so I don’t know if he’s continuing what he did in Brick, but I hope so.

14. dmduncan - March 14, 2013

If Joss Whedon is going to do anymore big screen SciFi, I would rather it be a new Firefly movie. That’s his baby, and I wish we’d get some more of it.

That was one of those series that makes TV worth watching.

15. Lope de Aguirre - March 14, 2013

My choices would be:
Peter Jackson
Steven Spielberg
Duncan Jones
Joss Whedon

16. Harry Ballz - March 14, 2013

Bryan Singer couldn’t direct TRAFFIC!

17. Jack - March 14, 2013

I saw Jack the Giant Slayer the other night, and it was better than I’d expected (I’d expected terrible from the reviews). It was a slight but entertaining studio movie with incredible attention paid to visual details. It was fun. I still don’t see theguy as a great fit with Star Trek (although, what do I know) — but this was way more watchable than Superman or Valkyrie.

18. Spock - March 14, 2013

Whoever directs the 50th anniversary Star Trek movie should have a strong background or foundation in the series & mythology. Here’s my suggestion:
Leonard Nimoy

19. MJ - March 14, 2013

@16. Well, Steven Soderbergh already had the Director’s seat lined up for Traffic. It’s not singers fault that he wasn’t given an opportunity to direct that film.

@17. If it was called Fred the Giant Slayer, would you have liked it so much? (seriously, I will see it this weekend — I am not influenced by mob opinions that a movie is failing…aka the great and misunderstood, John Carter)

20. Nick - March 15, 2013

Brad Bird

21. Brent E - March 15, 2013

no thanks… he screwed up Superman, i dont want to see him screw up this franchise.

22. K-7 - March 15, 2013

David Yates — slam dunk!

23. CsMisi - March 15, 2013

Well my money is on Matt Reeves … He is a Bad Robot director so it isn’t out of the realm of possibilities

24. CaptainDonovin - March 15, 2013

I’m in the Frakes camp as well though I’m sure TPTB will want a big name director to take the helm. Singer would work.

25. Craig - March 15, 2013

Joseph Kosinski Please!!
He did a great job with TRON Legacy. It was his first feature film and the upcoming Oblivion looks amazing as well. I have full trust in him. Look how well JJ has done. Paramount gave him MI3 for his first feature film and it was kick ass and since he has made great movies. I kind of think of Joseph Kosinski like JJ. I think it would be a smooth transition to a different director with him since he and JJ are similar. It would be the perfect fit. But of course we wouldnt be that lucky. At least he will be making another TRON.

26. Jason - March 15, 2013

Singer’s superman movie was really boring

27. The Original Spock's Brain - March 15, 2013

I enjoyed Superman Returns on multiple levels.

28. DiscoSpock - March 15, 2013

Gary Ross or David Yates or Jonathon Nolan.

29. rekman_dave - March 15, 2013

He is my first choice after JJ

30. Tom - March 15, 2013

Frakes and Nimoy did reasonable jobs directing in the past but resoectively neither of them is up to directing new guard Trek. They’ve each admitted it.

The Voyage Home and First Contact are two of my favorites — but those directorial styles are from a different fabric from what JJ has created.

31. Tom - March 15, 2013

* respectfully

32. Toonloon - March 15, 2013

On that list I would go with Jonathan Nolan. He has a HUGE understanding of story and big ideas, and although he hasn’t much directing experience, I’m sure he could ask his brother a thing or two about directing huge set pieces. He may even get Chris to do some second unit stuff. He’d be my first choice.

I’d be happy to see a Bryan Singer series, but not a movie. I still haven’t forgiven him for promising so much and delivering so little with Superman.

33. Seven.83 - March 15, 2013

Bryan Singer would be a great choice. He is a very good director and a big Star Trek fan.

34. Nick - March 15, 2013

Tom, I agree.

Guess we also need to just see this next movie be successful before we talk about another film & director. Vibe seems to be positive from the producers & studio when Burk is talking about the next one already.

The real issue is connecting with a bigger global audience if they really want to get things going. I’m not sure this is happening. There have been plenty of great films that have not justifiably connected with the audience (at least in the studio’s eyes) … and this was the weakness last time.

35. Jim Nightshade - March 15, 2013

im glad tron will return….not that many 25 year old scifi movies get sequels or tv shows….tron besides being wwayy ahead of its time still resonates today…

36. WillH85 - March 15, 2013

I’d totally be down for a new director. I think JJ’s good as a producer and does a good job brining everything together, but I think the franchise could do well with having a new director behind things.

37. Devlin - March 15, 2013

Neill Blomkamp should do Star Trek 3, since there will be no District 9 part II… and don’t forget to bring Sharlto Copley along.

38. Exverlobter - March 15, 2013

Everybody bitching about Superman Returns :-(

39. Exverlobter - March 15, 2013

Brian Singer would be great.
Also Joss Whedon if he has not to shoot the Avengers sequel.

40. knoweyedhermit - March 15, 2013

I think I’m the only one who liked Superman Returns, although I haven’t watched it since it came out. But I’m also possibly the only one who didn’t like any of the first X-men Trilogy.

Perhaps I just have poor taste … I’ll see how Days of Future Past Turns out to reserve my Singer judgement. As long as Trek has the same writers, his directorial style might be a fine match.

AlsoJoss Whedon would be in the same boat as Abrams in terms of directing Star Trek – Avengers 2 would be coming out only a year before Trek is suppsoed to. And I also agree that he should work on something or his own again after that.

41. Mark Lynch - March 15, 2013

After what he did with Superman Returns. Something he also loved, I am very uneasy with him taking on Star Trek.

Personally, I’d like to see Robert Zemeckis take a crack at Star Trek.

42. Drew - March 15, 2013

Directors such as Robert Zemeckis, Spielberg, Whedon, etc would NEVER take on directing a Star Trek movie.

I have very mixed feelings about Bryan Singer taking on the role as director for the next Trek movie (should he be chosen to.) If you have a great script, same producers, and other same key factors, i think Trek 3 will be fine.

As long as Mr. Singer doesnt rant about making the movie more Wrath of Khan in tone. I’ve heard that from him numerous times in the past. Stop reflecting what was and devote the time to making a great movie instead.

Here’s to the success of ‘Into Darkness’ and beyond.

43. Spockchick - March 15, 2013

@37 Devlin

No district 9 2? Oh no! Why? I love D9 and DS9, must be something about 9’s!

44. Stephan - March 15, 2013

I Want Brad Bird. His movies have depth, are emotional and have a got sense of humour.

45. paul - March 15, 2013

None of those directors especially not Singer he is a terrible hack. Bring Nick Meyer back if he wants to do it (probably not as he has been offered several Star Trek TNG movies & turned them all down). If Meyer is not interested wait for JJ or get someone who directed a previous ST movie back but no-one else except JJ has the same style so it would be hard to match that let alone exceed!

46. JohnRambo - March 15, 2013

Singers movies all SUCK!!!

Paramount, get JJ no matter what the costs are!!!!!

47. Toonloon - March 15, 2013

Meyer has never worked with that type of budget so he may not be trusted for those reasons. I think he could bring a wonderful cerebral quality to ST3 but that doesn’t seem to be the way these films are going. Action adventure with HUGE set pieces seems to be the call of the day, and I don’t know if Nick Meyer would suit that.

To the Superman Returns defenders: $200 million spent on that film. God knows how many on a deleted scene that is boring as hell and a film that is very much less than Super. You really think Singer is the guy to pick up the bat after JJ & team have knocked it out of the park? Singer doesn’t even sound sure of himself. Read his quote. Would you want a pilot to sound that unsure if you wanted to charter him to fly you somewhere?

48. Jerry Modene - March 15, 2013

I thought Superman Returns was an excellent homage to the Donner film.

49. Killamarshtrek - March 15, 2013

It’s wont be about who EW want’s as director or who’s the new ‘Hot Shot’ or any of that.

If JJ produces, it’s about who he trusts to do the job, who he’s comfortable working with and who’s already proved that he can do the job for JJ. When you put it like that, there’s only one name on the list and that’s Brad Bird!

50. Spock's Bangs - March 15, 2013

I just saw Jack the Giant slayer. Mediocre film with little, if any, chemistry between the cast. And didn’t he do that awful Superman Returns? Nope, Singer is not the guy.

51. crazydaystrom - March 15, 2013

From that list I’d most like to see-

Duncan Jones
Josh Trank
Neill Blomkamp
Matt Reeves
Joseph Kosinski

I loved Carruth’s Primer but I was more impressed with his writing than his direction. And there’s no evidence that Nolan has the directing ‘chops’ to direct a big budget scifi film. It would seem his name is constantly brought up because of his brother’s directing skills, but umm…?!?.

And to the folks who keep suggesting Jonathan Frakes, come on. As much as I love First Contact, most of Frakes’ directorial efforts have been bland, if viewed without Trekkian rose colored glasses. I like the guy but there’s a reason he’s not directing films anymore.

52. Khan 2.0 - March 15, 2013

isnt Singer supposed to be doing Battlestar Galactica The Movie soon? (maybe for 2016?)

53. crazydaystrom - March 15, 2013

And, oh yeah, as to Singer, I’m as unsure about his helming a Trek film as he apparently he is. Though with a good solid script, mayhaps.

54. somethoughts - March 15, 2013

I prefer Nolan or Cameron. Cameron would be best as he has done some excellent movies, Terminators, Aliens, Titanic, Avatar, Abyss. He would be the perfect choice to helm a Star Trek movie.

Cameron has also worked with Zoe and is no stranger to big ships in space, ocean, aliens, cyborgs and alien worlds!

Cameron would be able to pull off a epic Star Trek movie filled with exploration, morality, ethics and cool characters.

I would love for JJ to finish his Star Trek Trilogy but if he is not available, go for Cameron!

55. Spock Jr. - March 15, 2013

Yes! I would be very, very happy about this! SUPERMAN RETURNS is my favorite superhero movie – I know it is the trend to attack it now, but I would give anything to see what Singer had planned next – these things build on themselves ultimately. Without BATMAN BEGINS we wouldn’t have had THE DARK KNIGHT, for example. Just as STAR TREK was successful, but INTO DARKNESS will be beyond EPIC!! Singer gets my vote.

56. somethoughts - March 15, 2013

Yes, I don’t think I have ever been this excited for a movie sequel since Terminator 2 or First Contact.

57. The Keeper. - March 15, 2013

I am not too keen on Bryan Singer, his track record is at best questionable.
Maybe Jonathan Nolan , but I am not aware of his work as a director too much.

58. Aix - March 15, 2013


Again, Duncan Jones, please. Thank you.

59. - March 15, 2013

No way. Please don’t let Singer near Star Trek.

60. - March 15, 2013

Robert Zemeckis

61. samrock83 - March 15, 2013

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! SINGER IS AWFUL! Superman Returns? Do you guys remember how truly bad that was? Please keep Singer away! Please!!!!!!

62. NoKhanPlease - March 15, 2013

He did such a lousy job with Superman Returns. But he did a good job with X Men.

I guess it depends on his feelings toward the original Trek, and if he can hold true to it without changing too much.

Abrams did a good job with the last movie, but not a GREAT job.

Singer turned Superman into a wimpy stalker. I would hope he could do better than Captain Kirk.

63. AbramsForPope - March 15, 2013

Let’s end the conversation right now: it should Kosinski. No doubt about it. Has the same visual flair as Abrams and would translate easiest to screen.

64. Mad MAnn - March 15, 2013

Yeah, Superman Returns had a LOT of problems. But: Usual Suspects and the first two Xmen movies are great. It shows that Singer can handle an ensemble cast quite well.

Jack the Giant Killer is not bad, just a poor decision to make in the first place.

Anyway, I’m exctied for Singer to direct the next one.

65. James McFadden - March 15, 2013

We could have Robert Beltran playing the Romulan Senator from Vulcan’s Vengeance in Star Trek 13. Ethan Phillips could play Pardek and Robert Duncan McNeill could play a Romulan Centurion. HA HA HA

66. Commander K - March 15, 2013

Star Trek XII Into Darkness world premiere confirmed for May 2nd, Leicester Square, London!

Can’t wait!

67. Elias Javalis - March 15, 2013

Singer has a lot of potential as a director, no doubt. Will see.

68. Stephan - March 15, 2013

I heard about the world premiere, but why is it 3 days after the German premiere???

Can anyone explain?

69. TerranGuy93 - March 15, 2013

@44, Brad. Bird is definitely not a good choice in my opinion. I respect his work in the 3 animated films he directed, but his 1 live action film was horrid. The latest Mission Impossible had almost no story. Heck, the villain wasn’t even named besides a code name. He made Nero look like Khan imo.

70. Damian - March 15, 2013

I think a new movie needs to be out in 2016 no matter what. You can’t have a 50th anniversary with nothing happening.

There are a lot of worthwhile directors out there who would do a good job. Abrams will still be there as producer, so he’ll still have some say in the direction. Plus the writing team would likely remain intact.

Bryan Singer has some good movies out there, and some clunkers. If he gets along well with most of the team, as he indicated, that could be a plus. He’d likely stick to the formula the team has laid out. But obviously it’s far too early for them to really give it much consideration.

If Star Trek Into Darkness does well like the last one, we’ll know within days about a sequel. If it flops (which I doubt), then there could be problems.

71. Khan 2.0 - March 15, 2013

it could very well be Singer as we know hes a major fan – casting Patrick Stewart in XMen, his Nemesis cameo, the Trek tv pitch, homaging TWOK ending in X2, plus there seemed to be a bit of TWOK in Superman Returns with the forgotten son/woman he left behind/wronged villain out for revenge/terraforming device threat/end ‘death’ scene, plus he said he intended to ‘go Wrath of Khan’ on the sequel – and specifically a fan of the original Trek (i think did an interview with him a good while ago where he said he was obsessed with original Trek and that when Patrick Stewart invited him to his house, Shatner turned up as a surprise and they played Stewarts Star Trek pin ball machine and he said watchied him play the machine in awe), plus hes proved he works extremley well in SF and with ensemble casts (Usual Suspects, XMen, & even Valkyrie)

if Singer is such a big fan of Trek he might be willing to do it as like a ‘hired gun’ (and maybe less $ than he normally gets for XMen etc) as its probably his life long dream to direct a Star Trek picture (as was with superman) especially the 50th anniversary picture (which would no doubt have a ton of homages/nods to TOS)

so if Superman and Star Trek are his real passions (and they seem to be from interviews/articles ive seen and read) and now hes done one he might be willing to do another even if its like a gun for hire type thing…

72. Simon - March 15, 2013

@69 – Sorry, but Bird’s direction on M:I:IV was fantastic. The movie also received positive notices from almost everyone (93% FRESH ratings from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes). Your opinion of Bird’s direction is the exception. In any case, he didn’t WRITE the film: your criticisms have to do with the *story* than the *execution* of that story.

Bird’s style would be perfect for TREK 3. He can handle style, and scope.

73. Red Engineer - March 15, 2013

“.8 Singer directed the mega flopping Jack the Giant Slayer, which never should have been made. Career-wise, he’s not exactly on a roll.”

The Usual Suspects $8.8 M
Apt Pupil $23.4 M
X-Men $296.3 M
X2 $407.7 M
Superman Returns $391.1 M
Valkyrie $200.3 M

…And Jack The Giant Slayer has made $70 M after two weeks of release.

You’re right, what a horrible track record.

74. Jovius the Romulan - March 15, 2013

17: It’s funny, critics seem to be split while audiences generally like it. I thought it was a fun ride. Not super intellectual, but follows the tradition of fantasy movies like “The Princess Bride”. Ewan McGregor stole the show though Nicholas Hoult is proving to be a good actor who can hold his own. “Warm Bodies” was also pretty good. That kid is going places.

73: There seems to be this trend of not actually researching before declaring something a flop here lately…

75. rogerachong - March 15, 2013

@ #19MJ: Jack The Giant Slayer is weak. I saw it in 3D IMAX last weekend with the kids. You can feel free to kill a few hours and in that sense it delivers. It is watchable but does Bryan Singer no favors. John Carter was a good movie and to date it’s boxoffice performance is better when compared to Jack The Giant Slyer at a similar time, according to the matchup between these two films.

Other posters on here come up with all sorts of minor reasons to hate on JJ but let me tell you Jack the Giant Slayer is a couple levels below any JJ film and the latest Die Hard Travesty is about 5 levels below the worst possible JJ film.

My vote will be for Duncan Jones (Moon was great) since Whedon is clearly occupied with Avengers 2 and the SHIELD TV show.

76. Thorny - March 15, 2013

52… No, Singer’s Galactica project is in development hell now. Someone at the studio finally came to his/her senses.

I must be in the minority that I enjoyed Superman Returns. It wasn’t great, but it was far from bad as others here claim. It was a little long and a little slow at times (so was the 1978 Superman, which is now considered a classic), and it was ridiculously miscast (both Routh and Bosworth were much too young to be playing 6-ish years older versions of Clark and Lois from the Superman II period.) But those don’t make it a bad movie, just a movie that could have been better. But I feel the same about Star Trek 2009.

Either Singer or Brad Bird would be fine with me as director of Trek 2016.

77. Mr. Zoom - March 15, 2013

I have yet to see a Bryan Singer film that I didn’t like — though I will acknowledge that, on reflection, Superman as a deadbeat dad is troubling.

78. Dont need money, dont need fame, dont need no credit card to ride this train. Thats the power, thats the power of love - March 15, 2013

If I was directing Star Trek 13 or 3 whatever it is lol. I would find a way to “close” the loop with the alternate universe and the prime universe especially if the new cast is going to be bolting after the next movie for other projects.

This way the prime universe can come back to the main screen and we can then pick up Star Trek 14 or 4 say years in the future past Next Generation, how about movies with NCC-1701-O or NCC-1701-U would be all new cast and everything.

I think if Singer came on maybe he can put some sort of “days of future past” spin with all the main captains from the years coming together in some sort of major movie.

79. Baby - March 15, 2013

73. Red Engineer – March 15, 2013

JJ Abrams is no where near a box office juggernut himself.
None of JJ’s films has ever gone beyond 400m at the world wide box office.

Unless you count MI 4 where he was a producer.

80. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 15, 2013

Are you sure he did’nt say, “Gay experience?”

81. LJ - March 15, 2013

Of that list proposed by EW, it’s got to be Edgar Wright…then we can ave another Wriht, Pegg and Frost movie! Let’s get thinking of a role for Frost. Live Shaun if the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

82. LJ - March 15, 2013

#15 I’d love an epic Peter Jackson take on Trek too: 3 hours of sweeping landscapes, spacescapes and exploration. I fear we’d have to wait a long time for that to happen though. When is the Bad Robot contract up? Wingnut next, please.

83. Legate Damar - March 15, 2013

X-Men and Superman Returns were both great movies. Singer could do a very good job on Star Trek, and if JJ leaves than that could mean less lens flare.

84. Rich - March 15, 2013

No. No. No. After “Singerman” I have no reason to believe that “Singer Trek” would have any quality whatsoever. Although most of the problem with Singerman was casting, oh and story, oh and making Superman able to function around Kryptonite, but oh well who needs to worry about the facts? Double Ugh.

85. LJ - March 15, 2013

Damn, my typing in post 81 was bad. Thrice accursed iPad keypad. Those errors should read, in order: have, Wright, love. Hopefully you all got the gist of that badly typed crapfest though. And seriously, any ideas for a role for Nick Frost?

86. Trekkiegal63 - March 15, 2013

While I agree that Mr. Singer has done some… not so great work (I’d like the two and half hours I spent watching “Superman Returns” back) it would be wonderful to have someone at the helm who loves the franchise, and is extraordinarily familiar with canon material. As long as he had a great script to work with and our current cast, I’m sure he’d do fine.

Though I admit my opinion is a tad bit biased… his enthusiasm for Star Trek is definitely endearing him to me.

87. Commodore Adams - March 15, 2013

I would have no problem with Bryan Singer directing it, especially when JJ and crew are still involved. Would be nice if they could still get JJ to direct.

88. Phil - March 15, 2013

Probable?? More like likely….

89. LJ - March 15, 2013

Out of left-field, but what about Danny Boyle? Why only look at genre directors? Clint Eastwood?

Dream world (aka it’ll never happen) would be James Cameron or Peter Jackson. But as stated above, I’d settle for Edgar Wright. Maybe to be written by Neil Gaiman.

90. I'm a trekkie NOT a trekker - March 15, 2013

Random thots:

Meh. Singer turned me off when I watched the Superman Returns extras. They were very all-about-me-and-oh-yeah-here’s-something-about-the-movie-also.

Would love to see what Peter Jackson could w/ Star Trek but let’s wait for a reboot on that one.

Would love to see cameos of all TOS actors (and maybe some of the guest stars) still living in the 50th Anniversary movie. It could be called: Star Trek 50 Years Later.

91. I am not Herbert - March 15, 2013

Neill Blomkamp (District 9) or Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods)
would be my choices from that list…

not a big fan of Bryan Singer so far (but maybe not his fault)… =(

need to get rid of not only JJ, but also boborci, and their designer… =(

GdT? probly would never work for JJ… ;-)

92. Dave in RI - March 15, 2013

Uwe Boll


93. denny cranium - March 15, 2013

Leonard Nimoy? Really?
All due respect to Mr. Nimoy but giving the reigns of a multi hundred million dollar project to a man in his mid eighties? It will never happen.
Have his valuable input? Absolutely.

94. Flake - March 15, 2013

Singer would do a good job, as good a job as JJ. X2 was great.

95. John from Cincinnati - March 15, 2013

The first think I thought when looking at EW’s list was….”Who are these guys?”

They couldnt come up with better Directors?????

96. John from Cincinnati - March 15, 2013

You really have to honor the 40-plus years of canon and legacy that this amazing franchise had before we put pen to paper.”- damon Lindelof

The most encouraging thing ever said by a member of the Supreme Court

97. kmart - March 15, 2013

Kosinski is seriously into science fiction, but is heavily committed to a good remake (as in, not like original at all) of THE BLACK HOLE. Don’t imagine he’d jump at doing TREK unless they did something that was actually science fiction like, with really good science-based speculation (not holding breath for that.)

I did an interview with him last month that won’t be out till April, and I almost mentioned my old TREK spec about a black hole (the one that was pretty scientifically accurate and dismissed by Jeri Taylor as ‘we don’t do fantasy’), but figured the guy had enough on his mind finishing up OBLIVION (which got most of its FX-y looking stuff done live-onset with projections, a very cool way to work that cut the VFX budget in HALF!)

98. John from Cincinnati - March 15, 2013

Bryan Singer was on my wishlist along with

Sam Mendes
Christopher Nolan
Steven Spielberg
Peter Jackson
Sam Raimi
Rupert Wyatt

99. John from Cincinnati - March 15, 2013

Nicholas Meyer

100. Phil - March 15, 2013

Funny. Was mocked openly for saying JJ isn’t available for the third installment. Now that others are coming to that conclusion as well, we can let the public vetting of other directors begin. Singer would be a good choice.

And for the love of god, can we quit asking for folks who clearly have other committments? Whedon is busy, people. Frakes is the only alumni who reasonably belongs on the list.

101. John from Cincinnati - March 15, 2013

William Shatner

102. Damian - March 15, 2013

I think you can forget Frakes. They are not going to go to anyone from the prior team (except for technical jobs like John Eaves as an illustrator, etc). I’m not sure Meyer would even be interested and I’m sure Nimoy wouldn’t be.

103. Jed - March 15, 2013

Nimoy and Meyer are/were great directors but one is in his mid 70’s the other in his 80s, neither would want the responibility!

Perhaps JJ will come to regret jumping to star wars as singer did with Superman! who knows like Singer he may drop the ball with Star Wars and actually come running back , I can but hope!!

104. Dee - lvs moon' surface - March 15, 2013

Sorry… but I doubt he would be great!

105. Damian - March 15, 2013

Speaking of Frakes, I just watched Insurrection this week. I was always disappointed with the story (I was hoping for a Dominion War story since one would assume the Enterprise spent time on the front lines), though the story probably would have worked well enough as an episode.

But despite that, one thing I did notice, Insurrection did have some of the best photography done of the films on the planet. Frakes did a good job of setting up the camera to take full advantage of the scenery.

106. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

Yes, by all means, William Shatner. Or Leonard Nimoy. Or better yet, Nicholas Meyer. Or even Jonathan Frakes.

Hey wait a minute. What about Brent Spiner? He deserves a crack at it. Don’t know if he’s directed anything yet, or even wants to, but what the hell?

You know what? I’ll bet Wesley Cru—

I mean Wil Wheaton. I’ll bet Will Wheaton could hit it out of the park. No doubt about it.

No screw all that, this is the time for a woman director! Gates McFadden! Yes, Gates Mc—

Or Marina Sirtis!!!

Let those two duke it out. At UFC 161. See who wants it more. Either way, the FANS win.

Whoah whoah whoah—just had a thought. Is Robert Wise still dead?

Hey we are Trekfans. We think big. In a really small kind of way. But we come from the future. We don’t let mortephobia stop us.

So it’s Robert Wise.

Definitely Robert Wise.

107. Maybe Maybe - March 15, 2013

I know Bryan.

While he’s a good guy, good heart, he’s very dependent on production voices surrounding him to guide him. J.J. will be too busy with Star Wars to give enough quality time (aka hand-holding) as Bryan might need… and indicated above.

Bryan tends to start projects, too many of them, then pick and choose as his interest wanes or intensifies. Battlestar Galactica, Logan’s Run, other projects all casualities of his ego, er… stockpiling for possible directoral or producing prospects, depending on the crowd he’s running with, the exec that kisses his tush the most.

Artistically, he could deliver a fantastic Star Trek. I have no doubt there. I think he should have directed TNG: Nemesis. He’s smitten with Sir Patrick. :)

Funny that he had to mention Zack Quinto. Welcome to the LGBT community. :)

108. raddestnerd - March 15, 2013

I love Singer. But after what he did to Superman and with Jack the Giant Slayer. I dunno. Plus, no one wants to be Brett Ratner (a lá X-Men 3).

Jonathan Frakes is perfect. First Contact is best trek film to date in my book (neck-and-neck w Undiscovered Country.) Frakes continues to direct TV. For him, he would not be jumping into someone else’s franchise. He’s a part of our Trek family.

Who wants to start a Twitter campaign?

Dear @BobOrci @DamonLindelof @ParamountPics please put @JonathanSFrakes in dir. chair for @Bad_Robot’s 3rd @StarTrekMovie

109. ados - March 15, 2013

Martin Scorsese….can’t go wrong here…

110. Petruchio - March 15, 2013

By God, are you people serious about having Joss frikking Whedon at the helm of a Star Trek movie? To my mind, that’s edging ever closer to the “wacky comedy” Trek we may well have had in the 90’s if The Motion Picture hadn’t happened. Too many of those directors suggested by EW are, like Whedon, obsessed with their own irreverence; the films need someone who can get out of their own way and tell a fine story with those characters.

Singer would have been a remarkable choice for Nemesis. Installing Stuart Baird on that one is probably THE biggest insult/mistake the franchise has made, and that’s saying something. Moving Singer into the chair for Trek III would be a great way to make up for that…

111. Damian - March 15, 2013

I think with Nemesis, the Berman team was looking for an outsider to breathe some new life into the franchise. Unfortunately Baird was probably not the best choice. Good editor, not so good director. The same with the writing team, which excluded prior writers and brought in John Logan (an otherwise great writer–Skyfall for instance, ironically edited by Baird).

In a sense, Star Trek (2009) did just what Paramount was trying to do with Nemesis, bring in new people in key roles.

Now, I am one of the 10 people that liked Nemesis, but for me, a different director could have made what I thought was a good movie into a great movie.

112. Trekkiegal63 - March 15, 2013

Just received my daily rss feed for Star Trek news…

Congratulations go out to Chris Pine who was just named CinemaCon’s Male Star of the Year for 2013.

113. DEMON - March 15, 2013

Countdown to Darkness has been out for days already. Why no review yet?

114. Chain of Command - March 15, 2013


115. star trackie - March 15, 2013

Singer already stepped into another franchise with his much heralded continuation of the Donner Superman universe. And we all know how that went. Thanks, but no thanks.

116. Baby - March 15, 2013

I just remembered one thing about Byran Singer, He is like Ryan Murphy (the creator of Glee and American horror story) Singer’s X-men film was filled with a lot of homosexual propaganda.

If he directs star trek he will obviously use it at a platform to push his agenda on us and I for do not like it when a franchise that I love becomes a political tool, filled with extremist left or right wing ideologies..

o sure, I know some people will say that trek has always been used as a political tool but Trek was really about tolerance, about people agreeing to disagree it was not about demonising people that didn’t share your values.

I am also aware that zachary quinto is gay, I am very proud that he can live his life the way he wants with so much respect and love from we the fans.

I have loved him to death since I saw him on HEROES. However Zachary never waned to be defined by his sexuality. Am sure that is why it took him so long to come out because he did not want to be typecasted or stereotyped.

Zachary even told a reporter that If Trek where to have a gay character, the character will have to be relevant to sci-fi story, He didn’t think Trek should have a gay character for the purpose of having a gay character and I agree with him.

Willow and Tera from Joss Wheedon’s Buffy were adorable together and perhaps the best gay couple ever but them been a gay couple was second to their love story and character development on the show. they were not constantly whining about how the world hates them or how people should ditch their christian faith for them.

I cant say the same for some of the movies and TV show in Hollywood today. Where it is all about glorify the gay lifestyle at the expanse of bashing Christians or those that don’t agree with it.

This is why I prefer Joss Wheedon and not Bryan Singer as a director.

O better …….. wait for JJ Abrams.

117. Dom - March 15, 2013

Sorry, Singer’s a dull director. I’m already dreading the new X-Men film, which is a shame after the Matthew Vaughan/Jane Goldman team gave the series such a kick up the the backside in First Class (I know Singer produced, but that’s not directing!)

Just because he’s a Trek fan (actually, AFAIK, he’s a TNG fan, which is totally different) doesn’t mean he’ll make a good film. I’d really like to see an Abrams protege get a shot at it under Abrams’ producership. Actually, even one of his lesser-known fellow directors such as Ken Olin would probably ace it!

Singer might have pushed the door open for superhero films after Blade unlocked it, but directors such as John Favreau and Christopher Nolan have kicked that door wide open and far surpassed Singer’s films.

Abrams’ successor needs to be an interesting, less obvious choice!

118. Thorny - March 15, 2013

103. Jed… Nicholas Meyer is 67.

119. Jason - March 15, 2013

When Abrams dropped out of Mission 4, we got Brad Bird. Maybe Bird would follow Abrams on Trek.

But my top choice, and a very bold choice would be Seth MacFarlane – he can direct a VFX filled film (look at how seamless Ted blended into the world he was in), he loves and understands Star Trek (to the same degree as Abrams love for Star Wars). He’s perfect!!

120. Thorny - March 15, 2013

115… Yeah, we all know how that went: Singer’s Superman Returns made $391 million at the box office. Abrams’ Star Trek made $385 million. Sure, maybe you didn’t care for Superman Returns, but the love of Star Trek 2009 is not unanimous, either,

121. Moputo Jones - March 15, 2013

#113…Countdwon to Darkness #3 hasn’t “been out for days.” It will be out on March 20.

122. Mad Mann - March 15, 2013


Yes: Insurrection SHOULD have been about the Dominion Wars and come out a year later (1999 as opposed to 1998).

I’ve thought about that for years. I’m glad someone else does.

123. JohnRambo - March 15, 2013



124. Lt. Bailey - March 15, 2013

I think it would be fantastic to have him direct, someone who is a true fan and knows Trek lore. Why not have him direct it if it will bring about another movie sooner than 4 years from now. However, if Spielberg would ever direct a ST film, that would be some ride… something along the lines of Indiana Jones perhaps???

125. Red Engineer - March 15, 2013

On what planet is any director whose film grosses routinely break $250 million, be it Singer or Abrams, “nowhere near a box office juggernaut?”

I’d say it’s pretty darn “near”…!

126. Damian - March 15, 2013

122–I remember reading something at the time that they wanted Insurrection to be a movie where anyone could see it without prior knowledge. But there are certainly ways they could have written a Dominion War movie that didn’t require you to watch DS9. That was the biggest disappointment for me (they barely mentioned the war was even going on).

The story of Insurrection was ok in and of itself. It probably would have been a decent episode. Star Trek has done many stories with historical parallels, like forcibly removing a population for some “greater good.” I also realize they were going for something a little lighter after First Contact.

But if it were done right, a Dominion War movie could have brought in the legion of DS9 fans, of which there were many at the time, and some new fans looking for some action.

I would have loved to see the Enterprise take on a Jem’Hadar warship. Unfortunately, all we have are a couple of TNG Dominion War novels.

127. Emperor Mike of the Alternate Empire. - March 15, 2013

The Alternate Empire is on Board with SINGER!!!!!

128. I am not Herbert - March 15, 2013

Joss Whedon WOULD BE GREAT! (but yeah he’s busy) =)

Sam Raimi WOULD BE GREAT too!

kmart: “Kosinski is seriously into science fiction… Don’t imagine he’d jump at doing TREK unless they did something that was actually science fiction like, with really good science-based speculation (not holding breath for that.)”

YES, this IS the PROBLEM… =(

129. Hugh Hoyland - March 15, 2013

Doesnt look like I’m even being considered at the moment.

I must not be pitching myself good enough! :]

130. Baby - March 15, 2013

@125. Red Engineer – March 15, 2013
On what planet is any director whose film grosses routinely break $250 million, be it Singer or Abrams, “nowhere near a box office juggernaut?”

I’d say it’s pretty darn “near”…!

Trek 09, super 8, M I: 3 did not make up to 400 million at the global box office.

I would have said making 500 million dollars at the worldwide box office will earn the film the juggernaut blockbuster title.

However in this day and age, making 700 million dollars at the global box office earns the film the juggernaut title.

I will be happy to see into darkness make 500 million worldwide. 700 million seems farfetched to me as Trek has not away done great overseas.

131. Drij - March 15, 2013

hell no, Bryan Singer sucks ass. He will kill star trek.

132. Bob Tompkins - March 15, 2013

As a movie director, Jonathan Frakes is a very good TV director. His nickname ‘One- Take Frakes’ sort of says it all. Efficient but not really artistic. It made him perfect for the slower, character driven Treks of yore, but not for what Trek is about today, for good or ill.
Even First Contact was not a setpiece that was very heavy on action or effects.
Superman Returns grossed over $300m which for some reason disappointed Warners; the new one won’t do much better. Singer is a good director with good vision.
And he’s not in love with lens flares.

133. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 15, 2013

Alright! I will direct the third movie!

You know I deserve this opportunity, damnit!!!!

Oh. The good ol days.

134. Spock's Bangs - March 15, 2013

120 -we all know how that went: Singer’s Superman Returns made $391 million at the box office.

Transformer made gazillions of dollars and it sucked rotten eggs, what’s your point?

135. Newman - March 15, 2013

Neat graphic, Anthony

136. Jemini - March 15, 2013

nope xD

137. Thorny - March 15, 2013

134. That the movie was in no way a failure, of course, despite what some here want us to believe.

138. claire - March 15, 2013


139. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 15, 2013

137. Thorny.

Not a failure. Not a failure?

But what can you say about the whole movie as a Superman tale?
Not much, as it was easily a ripoff of the Richard Donner films for inspiration. In my opinion Singer it set Supes back 30 years – – to the Fifties. Remember when Superman was on TV in the ol’ black-and-white tv days? Superman repeatedly fought only thugs from week to week and Singer had no problem letting Lex use thugs as a challenge to Superman in his ripoff/lame movie. Actually, the only real man in that flick was James Marsden’s character.

But I will give Singer credit that he is not telling stories like Shatner did. About how he had all the fundng withdrawn from his flick and he could achieve his vision. I But I say, Singer could say that. At the very least, the third Act really needed a giant monster robot.

Superman Returns was missing everything Super. But almost certainly, they should have stopped Singer at page One with Lex ripping off little old ladies. WTF?!

Seriously. If anyone, including you Thorny, thinks Singer should direct anything but a romantic comedy, they should check themselves.

140. John from Cincinnati - March 15, 2013

My votes for next Director:

William Shatner
Stuart Baird
Robert Wise

141. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

Bob, Alex, and JJ make a great team for Star Trek. Those three working together make it something special on the big screen.

142. Red Dead Ryan - March 15, 2013

“Superman Returns” wasn’t a flop, but it wasn’t a hit, either. While it made more than “Batman Begins” did, it also cost more to produce.

BB was a flat out superior movie in every way, and is now considered a modern classic. “Batman Begins” was the reboot that set the standard for other reboots like “Casino Royale” and “Star Trek”.

“Superman Returns” was tepid. It was beholden to canon, and suffocated as a result. There was nothing unique about the movie. It was competently made, but soulless at the same time.

One can’t always accurately judge a movie strictly based on box office revenues alone.

“John Carter” was a total bust money-wise, but the movie is great, and will continue to get better reviews as the years go on.

143. Red Dead Ryan - March 15, 2013

Neill Blomkamp, Duncan Jones, Rian Johnson are my choices if J.J Abrams can’t do it.

I would suggest James Cameron and Chris Nolan, but Cameron is now focusing exclusively on his “Avatar” sequels and Nolan is working on his sci-fi epic “Interstellar”.

Bryan Singer is alright as a director, but no where near as good as the ones I mentioned. The first “X-Men” movie was great, but “X-Men United” and “Superman Returns” were both average.

144. L4YERCAKE - March 15, 2013

Um, no.

If this next X-Men movie turns out good at all it’s gonna be despite Singer, not because of him, he lost it as a director a long time ago, not to be mean about it, but still.

Sure wished Brad Bird was doing Star Wars but their choice of JJ is understandable; it’d be every reason for elation if Bird became attached to Trek in any way.

145. L4YERCAKE - March 15, 2013

143@ RDR,

Just my two cents but your description of those two films as average is pretty generous, in my opinion.

146. L4YERCAKE - March 15, 2013

And I haven’t seen Jack The Giant Killer but the word is that it’s the sort of shiny superficial cgi’d canned blockbuster that the world really doesn’t need right now, and the next Trek director needs to emulate Abram’s good common sense about how and when to use real practical effects versus cgi.

147. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 15, 2013

Still can’t believe you guys.

They shot Supes in the eye with a 50 cal, and it did’nt even leave a smotch!

Who the hell lets anyone shoot them in the eye, anyhow?

Jesus, did you guys even watch it?!

148. Nx01 - March 15, 2013

Don’t let Bryan singer anywhere near Star Trek. He messed up superman for years. Please don’t let him mess up Star Trek too?

149. MJ - March 15, 2013

Since my Bryan Singer love has gone over here (like Jimmy Page would say) like a Led Zeppelin, I would like to move to my 2nd choice, which I notice several others have brought up:


150. MJ - March 15, 2013

whoops, I just remembered that if was Jeff Moon who told Jimmy Page that….

151. Thorny - March 15, 2013

139… Correct. “Superman Returns” was not a failure.

You seem to believe “I didn’t like it” = “Failure”. But that is simply not the case.

I for one hated the first Transformers movie (and won’t go near the sequels) but they are, unfortunately, great successes for the studio.

And yes, I do think Mr. Singer should be allowed to direct more than a romantic comedy. I mean, seriously? You think he should be blackballed because of one less-than-ginormous success (Superman Returns) even though it pushed close to $400 million box office? Your standards are impossibly high, TMMW. By your standards, Mr. Abrams would never have gotten Trek 2009, because MIssion Impossible III, while it made a lot of money, didn’t make back its budget and wasn’t exactly a critical darling.

152. Red Dead Ryan - March 15, 2013

I can’t believe that no one has suggested the director of “Alien Resurrection”: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

That guy didn’t even need the actors to read the script. He gave them storyboard cards!

Not to mention the groundbreaking creature design of Ripley’s human/xenomorph offspring!

The idea of a human/alien hybrid Ripley clone able to play basketball like Michael Jordan was sheer brilliance!

Geez, with story ideas like that, I’m really shocked at how overlooked he is in Hollywood!

Someone give this guy another chance! C’mon, pretty please??



153. Red Dead Ryan - March 15, 2013


I hear Jeff Moon was a pretty good football player. He was also a member of The Who.

That guy could do it all…..


154. MJ - March 15, 2013

@153. Wow, yea, my memory is failing me today. :-))

155. Trekkiegal63 - March 15, 2013

#149 MJ:

David Yates? Isn’t he the Harry Potter guy? He would actually make a lot of sense… there were a lot of pretty amazing sequences in “Deathly Hallows” (both parts).

#128 I am not Herbert:

My husband would second the Sam Raimi idea, he’s a fan. And truthfully, Oz was a beautiful film. I didn’t go in expecting much (thanks to the hubby I’ve seen the “Evil Dead” series probably more than one should, lol), and it was striking. It reminded me of ST:TMP in the way that they were both surreal.

Both of these are good choices.

156. Platitude - March 15, 2013

With Skyfall Sam Mendes proved he could come into an existing franchise and make a killer movie. Maybe he could do that with Star Trek!

Also, I don’t know about Singer. X-men and X2 were good movies, but Superman returns…not so much. I’d like to wait and see if he can pull off Days of Futures Past before handing him the reins of Trek.

157. Nano - March 15, 2013

I’ll thrown in Ronald D Moore
BSG Fanboy

158. sean - March 15, 2013

Bryan just lost Warner Brothers A LOT of money with Jack, I don’t see Paramount handing the keys over to him right now. His track record since X-Men 2 has not been stellar.

However, Drew Goddard or Matt Reeves seem quite probably, as both have Bad Robot connections. I’d love to see Brad Bird do it.

159. sean - March 15, 2013


MI3 made $400 million internationally. It more than made its budget back. It was also the most critically praised of the MI movies until MI4.

160. JC - March 15, 2013

Bryan Singer has lost his mojo in my opinion. I’d be nervous with Trek in his hands.

161. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

I just can’t figure out how Jack the Giant Slayer got made. And at 190 mil? I thought they were cautious with their money in Hollywood.

Who exactly did they think was going to see a 190 million dollar fairytale whose fan-base died out when the earth’s entire population was still at 200 million people?

At this point I wouldn’t give Bryan Singer $100 and my grocery list.

162. Chris Roberts - March 15, 2013


Can Bryan Singer bring back orbital starship construction and retcon what Kirk was watching in the first film, as Captain April’s Enterprise being dismantled on the ground?

[runs away]


163. MJ - March 15, 2013

@161. Well if you gave him $99, he could still buy a lot of Green Giant vegetables on his own grocery list for you.

164. MJ - March 15, 2013

The funny thing is, like John Carter, a lot of people who have seen the Jack-Giant movie have liked it. It is pulling in 4 out of 5 stars on Yahoo User Reviews.

I really don’t like it or accept it when the media tells me that I am not suppose to like a movie, and so I refrain from being too critical until I have seen a movie with my own eyes.

For whatever reason, there is a “piling on” effect in Hollywood on certain movies like John Carter and this one. Some people resent big budget movies that aren’t marketed well or that they don’t perceive should have been made, REGARDLESS of the quality or creative output of the movie.

165. Aurore - March 15, 2013

…”Just because he’s a Trek fan…doesn’t mean he’ll make a good film. I’d really like to see an Abrams protege get a shot at it under Abrams’ producership.”

Yes. Why not?

Of course, if possible, I would much prefer to see Mr. Abrams back, for the third installment of Star Trek, though…

166. dmduncan - March 15, 2013

Well I loved John Carter. I thought it was great. Regardless of how well made Jack might be, it simply plays as completely uninteresting to me.

You can’t get your 190 mil back if you don’t get more people like me into the theater, and I’m not showing up for it. Not even slightly motivated to do so.

That happens to Star Trek and pfffft!

Bryan Singer is technically competent, but I don’t think his judgement is there if he thought Jack was blockbuster material, and with a 190 million dollar price tag, that definitely seemed to be the thinking.

Jack the Giant Slayer is a cheapo SyFy channel movie starring Bruce Campbell. If you can GET him.

167. Phil - March 15, 2013

A few of us have been around long enough to remember when a movie made 100MM, it was a smash hit. Now-a-days, a movie can make 300 or 400MM and be a dud, not because it wasn’t liked but because it cost too much to make. Superman Returns, John Carter, or Jack the Giant Slayer would have been considered successful if they spent half of what they did….and in John Carter’s case, bad management attributed to a big chunk of the cost, among other things. Superman Returns did about the same box office as Trek 09 did. Both movies were FX heavy, but SR cost an extra 120MM to make. SW, Ep III cost 113MM in 2005.

168. sean - March 15, 2013

I saw Jack and thought it was fine. It wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t great. It’s one of those movies you enjoy but the minute you leave the theater you sort of forget you even saw it. The real problem was that crazy budget, which should never have been approved.

169. Jack - March 15, 2013

152. Lol. They did do Amelie, didn’t they?

170. MJ - March 15, 2013

Yea, if we are talking about his judgement on thinking that would be a tent-pole movie, then I hear what you are saying.

171. Chris Roberts - March 15, 2013

I believe I’m right in saying that Superman Returns had the cost of every abandoned reboot/reimagining/sequel development hell project since The Quest for Peace, lumped into its production cost.

172. Chris Roberts - March 15, 2013

Bryan Singer did well enough with SR all things considered (see 171), and my only criticism would be slightly wrong Lois Lane casting. I enjoyed the attempt to pick off where my childhood enjoyment of the Donner films ended, while giving new audiences a place to jump right in.

I wouldn’t mind Singer joining forces with Kurtzman, Orci, Lindelof plus whoever else, and try to come up with a way to bring the old universe and divergent one, back together.

173. MJ - March 15, 2013

@172. I actually liked Superman Returns as well. It was the best Superman film since Superman II, although that isn’t saying much.

174. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 15, 2013

OK, Return fanboys. I guess you all loved the Amazing Spiderman, too.

This is why Hollyweird makes such trash. You Return-type fanboys have no ability to judge good cinema.

175. sean - March 15, 2013


Amazing Spiderman shouldn’t have shoehorned the origin story in, but other than that it worked out quite well. I was happy to finally see a Spiderman movie where the lead actors had actual chemistry.

You’re coming off as terribly condescending here. It’s fine not to like something, but there’s no reason to get so territorial about it.

176. DonDonP1 - March 15, 2013

With respect to naysayers, Bryan Singer would make an excellent director of “Star Trek XIII.” @173 I love “Superman Returns,” which was as awesome as the first four…or five, if you count the Richard Donner cut of “Superman II.”

177. TrekMadeMeWonder - March 15, 2013

What’s so territorial is defending stupid ideas being promoted in big budget movies?

C’mon 175. The Amazing Spider-man got his web fluid from Oscorp? From machines that milked the spiders? HA! Then the crane operators helping him swing at the end? How about him cryin so many times.

Condescending? I just expect more than what we’ve been show. I know its there in the genre. I just don’t think Trek is taken seriously.

Who should direct the next Trek?


Perhaps then we’ll get a truly mature and serious Star Trek movie.

178. opcode - March 15, 2013

Joseph Kosinski is by far the best option in that list. I think his style is perfect for a more thought-provoking Star Trek. Not to mention he can create great visual stuff that is truly memorable. Far more skilled than JJ Abrams, who is just way overrated IMHO.

179. Phil - March 15, 2013

@177 So, which Spielberg do you want, Schindlers List Spielberg or 1941 (or Crystal Skull) Spielberg?

We can’t get to hooked up on names here. Penny Marshall and Ron Howard have done some good work, too…

180. Faraz - March 15, 2013

I think thats a great idea! He can include some TNG characters and maybe the borg. Perhaps they come back from the Prime reality to get Prime Spock (ala search for spock) because him being there is messing up the space time continuum.

181. Red Dead Ryan - March 15, 2013

“The Amazing Spider-Man” was average. Nothing we haven’t seen before.

It was basically a rehash of the first Sam Raimi flick.

Hopefully “The Man Of Steel” isn’t a rehash of “Superman”.

182. TrekMadeMeAnElitist - March 15, 2013

Yep, it did!


183. Theatre Historian_Levi - March 16, 2013

Have you actually watched Jack the Giant Slayer?
Its a fun adventure film, that was totally mismarketed.

Thats why its not performed to expectations.
And that can not be blamed on him.

If you haven’t watch it, you should. You might be pleasantly surprised

184. Theatre Historian_Levi - March 16, 2013

so let us get this straight you don’t want Singer, who has directed some great movies over the years, and is familar with and very fond of the entire Trek Franchise
But your totally down for the Director of X-Men Orgins Wolverine?

ummm ok.

185. Theatre Historian_Levi - March 16, 2013

I will tell you this a lot of times when internet sites and blogs list something as a premiere they are inaccurate. people confuse screenigs that are All media screenings or an industry screening as a premiere all the time.

186. Teiresias' Shades - March 16, 2013

I wish Bryan Singer could’ve gotten to make a Next Generation movie. His aesthetic kind of fits with the Enterprise-E grays and he knew Patrick Stewart. I think he could have made a really good 90s or early 2000s Star Trek movie on par with X2. He’d have delivered something really groundbreaking in terms of the TNG movies

187. Cre8tivguy - March 16, 2013

Will I get crucified if I suggest Nicholas Meyer should direct the next Trek? :-)

188. oliver - March 16, 2013

He’s ghastly. I’d hate to see him do the next film.

189. Travis - March 16, 2013

•Joseph Kosinski PLEASE !

190. Well Of Souls - March 16, 2013

Jeff Moon? LOL Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English musician, best known for being the drummer of the English rock group The Who.

191. somethoughts - March 16, 2013

I would like to add Peter Jackson to my list of Nolan and Cameron, maybe we can get a film that is 2hrs and 45mins with fantasy and beautiful scenary. Sadly Nolan is doing his space movie about black holes and time travel and Cameron is doing his Avatar sequels and Jackon is doing his Hobbit movies.

As for Singer, his Superman Returns was entertaining and so was his Xmen, I am sure he will do a great job also. However, I think they should go with Tarantino or Seth. We saw your boobs, dances.

192. smegger56 - March 16, 2013

Edgar Wright? Man, I would so be behind that idea. Even Singer too. As long as JJ is working closely with them to ensure it still feels and looks like it’s part of that franchise.

But man, I think I would be very happy for Edgar Wright to take a stab at it.

BUT, I would always prefer the director of the first to come back and finish his vision.

193. smegger56 - March 16, 2013

174. TrekMadeMeWonder

TASM, IMO, is the best spidey film of the bunch. In almost every way superior to the Raimi films.

It’s number 3 in my CB films list, behind Donners Suoerman film (1978) and The Dark Knight.

194. TerranGuy93 - March 16, 2013

@69 – Sorry, but Bird’s direction on M:I:IV was fantastic. The
movie also received positive notices from almost everyone (93%
FRESH ratings from top critics on Rotten Tomatoes). Your opinion
of Bird’s direction is the exception. In any case, he didn’t WRITE the
film: your criticisms have to do with the *story* than the
*execution* of that story.
Bird’s style would be perfect for TREK 3. He can handle style, and

Sorry,but we disagree on that. He can’t handle style and scope. The only actual good thing about his movie was the subplot. Everything else was no story at all. It was just stupid bad action scene one after another.

I’d rather a story focused deep movie for the next Trek not another mindless action piece, which is what well get with the inexperienced Brad Bird. The minute he signed up to direct it, was the minute the movie was going to be a direct criticism of his ability to direct. If the movie had such poor story, he should have turned it down. Furthermore, it wasn’t just that the story was bad, the movie never executed the story well. Instead of playing up the mysterious nature of the villain, it felt more like a farce in arease like the hotel. Poor directing decision

Oh, and just because Critics think something is great does not make it so. For instance Skyfall only got a 92% fresh and Red only got a 72% rating. Both movies are much better than MI:4.

I know they are from the reaction I saw from those whose saw them. At work, my co-workers would tell me how much fun Red was and how deep Skyfall was. Nobody said anything great about MI:4.

I respect your opinion but just because a lot of Critics say something is good is not proof that it definitely is. Please see Call of Duty reviews on the internet for further evidence.

195. sc-4 - March 16, 2013

How about they just ask Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga and Jonathan Frakes to come back.

196. jeanniespock - March 16, 2013

Would be wonderful if they could temp Leonard Nimoy out from his retirement (again!) to direct. Perhaps we would then get a more ‘grown up’ Star Trek.

197. Khan 2.0 - March 16, 2013

@186 – i agree. esp his aesthetic kind of fits with the Enterprise-E grays etc. maybe hed have been up for directing Nemesis had he not been directing X2 around the same time (P Stewart couldve got him the job, like the way Daniel Craig brought Sam Mendes for Skyfall) maybe hed have tweaked the script abit/changed a few things – maybe even included Spock somehow continuing his Romulan story from Unification, (i think Nimoy wouldve been up for appearing had a big shot director like Singer been directing)…maybe even Kirk couldve been worked in someway (i.e. a video recording that Spock would be watching of his old buddy)

it wouldve been much more of an event had Singer been directing inbetween X Mens….Shame they couldnt have started on Nemesis earlier and got it out for xmas 01 – maybe Singer couldve done it then.

198. Ziro - March 16, 2013

what about George Lucas? he’s free now

199. al - March 16, 2013

Singer’s Superman film wasn’t a bad film…it was just boring. Did we really need to see a brooding Superman? Singer is like every other director out there…some have hits, some have misses. I for one would love him to do Trek 3….after all he’s a hardcore fan; and he gets Trek.

200. Khan 2.0 - March 16, 2013

@199 – indeed, i think if singer did direct Trek3 it would be be more in the league of X1/X2 (and no doubt XM:DOFP), than Superman, Jack Giant Slayer etc

201. Khan was Framed! - March 16, 2013

Bryan Singer made Superman Returns.

He also made the two least exciting Xmen movies.

He has proven over & over again that he can’t handle big budget legacy pieces effectively.

Get Tarantino. His Star Trek might actually be about something.

202. I am not Herbert - March 16, 2013

John Carter IS a good movie! =)

Amazing Spider-man was so-so, certainly not as good as Raimi’s first (2)

Edgar Wright? maybe… but i want him to make Ant-Man! =D

203. I am not Herbert - March 16, 2013

Ang Lee’s “Hulk” IS a GOOD MOVIE too!!

204. I am not Herbert - March 16, 2013

GdT would be fantastic, but want him to make Dr. Strange =D

205. sean - March 16, 2013


Yes, condescending. You are stating your opinions as fact and berating people that don’t agree with you. It’s unnecessary and unpleasant. Take a deep breath.

As for ASM, I’m not sure what your issue is with the web shooters. Most fans seemed to dislike the organic web shooters from Raimi’s versions. The constructed web shooters are consistent with the comic. The crane operator scene was cheese-y, but if you think Raimi’s SM movies lacked cheese I think you’re wearing some considerable rose-colored glasses.

Again, I’m not saying it was a perfect movie. It had editing issues. The Uncle Ben stuff should have been left out.. But I found Garfield & Stone to be far more engaging than McGuire & Dunst, who a favorite podcaster of mine once said had the chemistry of ‘two wet bags of dogshit’.

206. :D - March 16, 2013

I think JJ should stick with what he’s started and not give any thought to abandoning it for the sake of Star Wars. That would be a slap in the face of Star Trek. I don’t think he would, he’s too good to do something like that.

207. MikeTen - March 16, 2013

@198, Why don’t we just go for the gold and get Stephen Spielberg to direct NuTrek 3

208. TrekMadeMeAnAss - March 16, 2013

Yes, it kind of did!


209. Teiresias' Shades - March 16, 2013

@197- A Bryan Singer “Nemesis” would have been amazing. It already has one of the best premises that Star Trek ever had. I think Shinzon in the hands of Singer would have become a much more iconic character, maybe with a little “Apt Pupil” in there. With the Star Trek of that time and the Bryan Singer of that time we could have gotten a really good dark, intellectual film where it’s ok to be light on action because the the audience is in suspense because of the Picard and Shinzon dialogue. It would be Nemesis as a thriller.

I don’t know about Nimoy though. I know that Spock was in early drafts but I think, rightly so in my opinion, that they decided it should be a pure Next Generation movie despite the Romulan storyline. I also don’t know that Nimoy would have been in the movie even if it had a bigger director. Nimoy worked with Abrams because the movie made Spock a pivotal character that was essential for the story. I don’t think Nimoy would be interested in doing a part in a TNG film just because it takes place on Romulus.

You’re also right that Nemesis would have been much more of an event with Singer directing. He was well known for his 90s independent films and for the first X-Men whereas no one in the real world would care who Stuart Baird or even Jonathan Frakes were. It would be like when it was announced that J.J. Abrams was directing Star Trek 2009.

210. Khan 2.0 - March 16, 2013

209 – Singer was like the JJ (or maybe the Chris Nolan) of the late 90s/early-mid 00s (and his X2/Superman writers were like the bob orci/alex kurtzman of the same period)

i think Superman underperforming (if you can call a film that grosses 400m underperforming) and not being so well received messed things up for them all though. hed have been better off sticking with X3 and it couldve been like his Dark Knight Rises. (and Brett Ratner wouldve probably been more suited for a more colourful action packed Superman)

in a way i guess JJ is doing a similar thing with going from having succesfully (re)introduced a major franchise but jumping from the third film to restarting another series by way of a belated (and very surprising) sequel

211. smegger56 - March 16, 2013

In the end, whoever comes in for ST3 if JJ isn’t directing has to be able to mimic JJ’s style to a certain point to keep the films looking consistent.

212. dmduncan - March 16, 2013

183. Theatre Historian_Levi – March 16, 2013

Have you actually watched Jack the Giant Slayer?


The problem is that watching the adverts doesn’t INSPIRE me to want to watch it. What Sean said about it is exactly the feeling I got from the adverts, and if it’s that forgettable, fagedaboudit!

213. Bender Bending Rodriquez - March 16, 2013

Wow, finally, a chance to vent about Superman Returns!

As a whole I really liked that movie (more below). I LOVED Routh as Supes. He was a great continuation of Christopher Reeves. I saw it FIVE times in the cinema, and it was personal: I have liked Superman since I was a child, and the comics and Christopher Reeves as the big blue boy scout got me through some tough times as a child. To me Reeves death was like loosing a childhood friend that I hadn’t spoken to for years. But as to this movie I felt I had to support Superman because Superman – especially Reeves’ Superman – had been there for me. I cheered for that film like people root for their favorite sports teams or academy award nominees.

I don’t get the corporate logic behind the Superman reboot. A film makes almost $400 million, and gets solid (not glowing, but solid) reviews and that was just not good enough for WB? Plus I read that they counted all of the money spent on the miscarried attempts to make a new Superman movie by previous directors and writers as part of Superman Returns budget. Plus, Holy Cheese-Its, It’s not like Superman Returns was like ST:Nemisis, the thing made almost $400 MILLION DOLLARS! IMO, Singer got screwed.

There are some parts I wished were not in it. The super stalker scene was OK the first time I saw it but creeped me out the times after. I didn’t care much for the “death” scenes and wished that Singer had instead had put more action scenes. S:R was a little short on the superpower scenes.

But overall, I liked that movie a lot and am dissapointed that Singer didn’t get a chance to show what he could do with a second film. Plus, it makes me sad that Routh wasn’t given a chance to do another movie, one where he wasn’t reintroducing the character.

I think Singer will do well if he’s chosen to follow in Abrahms footsteps. Plus, who knows, maybe there’s room for Routh in the JJVerse.

214. msn1701 - March 16, 2013

I know everyone hated Superman Returns but I loved it and I believe that Singer would do a fantastic job if he directed Trek 13.

215. Captain, USS Northstar - March 16, 2013

Aren’t we overlooking an obvious candidate?

What about our very own Roberto (Bob) Orci?

Who better to bring the third story to life than the person who would have co-authored it?

I don’t know if he’s interested, but I think it would certainly create some buzz — and, he is an unapologetic Star Trek fan.

216. : D - March 16, 2013

#215 *** Applause*** Great idea!!! He’d be awesome for Trek!

217. michael Li - March 16, 2013

no. i didn’t like any of the movies he directed. he has little artistic camera work and his scenes are waaay to “to the book”. they need a director that doesn’t play by the rules. Michael Bay would be amazing.

218. TrekMadeMeNotRespondToCriticism - March 16, 2013

Well, yes, you know, it kind of did.


219. ug - March 17, 2013

“hell no, Bryan Singer sucks ass. He will kill star trek.”

It’s dead already in my book, box-office aside.

220. - March 17, 2013

Brad Bird would be great.

He knows how to play the emotions and keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Incredibles is easily one of the best super hero movies to date. His Mission Impossible outing brought the franchise back from the brink.

I wonder what Baz Luhrmann would do with Star Trek.

221. Nixman - March 17, 2013

I don’t generally weigh in on these topics, in fact, I never have. But I have several strong opinions about this one. First off, I think Bryan Singer is completely wrong for Star Trek. He may enjoy Star Trek, and be friends with the cast, and may even know much about the lore of it. But I don’t think of him very highly as a director. If you think about it, were the X-Men movies really THAT good? No. They were ok. They weren’t terrible, but the most exciting thing about them was simply the fact that they were Marvel Characters that people had never seen on the big screen before. It was the new and exciting feel about them that made then appealing. Then you have Superman Returns. I honestly don’t know how that film didn’t ruin the franchise. Again, it wasn’t a horrible film, but what was so great about it? In several ways it was just a rehash of the original film starring the late, great Christopher Reeves. He used a huge budget to tell a love story. And although going into the love story portion of a Superman film isn’t wrong, is that what people generally look for in a Superman film? I just overall think it was done completely wrong. I don’t feel like Singer has the style of directing needed to do a continuation of the Star Trek Series. Again, not that he’s a horrible, horrible director. I just think Paramount would be wise to hire someone else. I do like Joseph Kosinski from Tron. He did a very good character piece set in a high tech special affects film. Something that Abrams has done with Star Trek. The only question I would have, would be, does he know Star Trek? Does he have enough respect to do it right? He might. No one knows. And it’s highly possible if Abrams doesn’t come back that Singer would get the job and make one heck of an amazing film. Surpassing even Abrams two turns at director. But my money is heavily leaning against that.

222. Khan 2.0 - March 17, 2013

Superman Returns was the Superman film audiences deserved, but not the one it needed right then

223. crazydaystrom - March 17, 2013

89. LJ –
Danny Boyle be VERY interesting. Fine director, he is, and ‘Sunshine’ is one of my favorite science fiction films of the millennium. Any sci fi fan who hasn’t seen it, should.

Re: Superman Returns-
Not a bad film, just a disappointing Superman movie. All the ‘super’ was not removed from the film, as someone suggested, it’s just that the super that was there wasn’t use in a way that amazed and/or intrigued, for the most part. The airliner scene did. And the ‘bullet to the eye’ scene was very cool. But I’ve never been able to “buy” Superman being able to lift a small kryptonite-indused continent and fly it to outer space. That’s contrary to everything I know about Superman’s abilities. And though Kate Bosworth, who I really like, was miscast as Lois Lane, I did like Brandon Routh a lot. He deserved another go at the role. Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luthor was too much the Gene Hackman Luthor. But that was indicative of what was the biggest weakness of the film – too connected to Superman I&II. I would’ve preferred it was its own animal. Instead of a semi-comical real estate minded Luthor the character written more as he has been in the comicbooks for years now would have been a more interesting and menacing foe.

And point of interest-
That ‘bullet to the eye’ scene was not directed by Singer. It was directed by someone else and made to be a teaser trailer but was so cool that it was edited into the film. Fact.

But even with all that said, I think with a good solid script and the guiding hands of a good producer (JJ), Singer could deliver a great Trek film.

224. crazydaystrom - March 17, 2013

That should have been *kryptonite-INFUSED continent*

225. Shannon Nutt - March 17, 2013

For the love of god, keep Singer AWAY from Star Trek…have you people seen his last few movies?

Let Bryan Burk make his feature debut with the next movie.

226. AJ - March 17, 2013

Superman Returns was done as a direct homage to the two Dick Donner Superman films, and I agree with those here who say that box was checked, but well-enough should have been left alone.

Who here knows that the best of the ‘Star Wars’ films was directed by the guy who did “RoboCop 2?” Irwin Kershner? In that respect, Singer, if he is actually well-managed by Bad Robot, could turn out a decent ‘Star Trek’ film for the 50th Anniversary. Keep same the writing team, etc.

227. K-7 - March 17, 2013

#219 “It’s (Star Trek) dead already in my book, box-office aside.”

Suffice it to say that “your book” is not only not a bestseller, but the market is so small for “youy book” that you had to pay for self-publishing. Yet still no sales of “your book,” so you have been giving away copies of it to friends and family.

Jeffrey: “Did crazy Uncle Ug give you too that weird book of his on his Star Trek rants for your Christmas present?”

228. Red Dead Ryan - March 17, 2013


He wrote his “book” on pages of toilet paper. Easily explains why his statement is crap!


229. John in Canada, eh? - March 17, 2013

Bryan Singer would be a great choice. The first two X-Men films show he’s a great director and creator, with a fine sense of balancing character with action. “Superman Returns” was a flawed movie, but he certainly showed there how he could respect and follow an original vision. Everything in that movie, from the opening credits to his choice of casting, showed he was continuing the world of Richard Donner’s first two “Superman” movies, and he did so with great success, in my book.
Singer would be at the top of my wish list for alternate directors since JJ will have too much on his plate in the next few years.

230. MJ - March 17, 2013

@229 Yea, those are my thoughts on Singer as well.

@227 @228 For some reason, I can’t find his book on Kindle or Audible? Guess I will need to hit a rare bookstore, or maybe look for it at the dump. LOL

231. Red Dead Ryan - March 17, 2013

See, I think the problem with Bryan Singer is he would stick too closely to the same Trek formula that we had for the previous Trek movies prior to J.J Abrams.

One of the things I liked about Abrams’ “Star Trek” is that it took risks. It showed that it was willing to make sacrifices (destruction of Vulcan) to create new storytelling possibilities and drama.

No doubt Singer would make a competent Trek film, but it would be more of a paint-by-numbers flick than something groundbreaking or even epic, which is what J.J Abrams managed to do with his film.

Singer might be too much of a fan for his own (and the franchise’s) good, anyway.

His first “X-Men” movie was great, but the second one didn’t do anything for me. I just didn’t get the same level of excitement that I got from the first.

“Superman Returns” was well-made from a production point of view, but the plot was underwhelming, some of the casting choices were questionable, and the film itself felt too much of an obvious Richard Donner-Christopher Reeve wannabe, trying to replicate the magic of the first two classic movies.

232. demode - March 17, 2013

I think I will wait and see how X-Men 3 turns out before I side with Singer. As of now, he wouldn’t be my first pic.

233. MJ - March 17, 2013

@231. I hear you, but look at Joss Weddon’s credits in 5 years before The Avengers (Doll House sucked!). The guy hadn’t done much of not since Serenity in 2005, with Buffy and Firefly a decade in the past.

I was extremely skeptical of Weddon doing the Avengers movie, but he hit it out of the park. Singer might just be able to do the same for Trek.

Upon reflection though, I think David Yates and Jonathon Nolan would be better choices though. But Singer would still be OK by me.

234. Bill Lutz - March 18, 2013

god no
not Singer now….

235. Khan 2.0 - March 18, 2013

looking at the poll results im shocked:

Yes – wait until 2017 for JJ directed release (34%)
No – new director for 2016 release (28%)
No – new director for 2015 release (38%)

Total Votes: 3,263

so people dont want the movie in the 50th anniversary year which would no doubt be a huge deal like Skyfall? they’d rather they speed one out TF style for 2015 (which Singer more than likely couldnt do due to XMen) and which would probably clash with Ep VII…..or wait for another 4 years for JJ to direct (yeah thats not gonna happen)

WTF?! illogical!!!

summer (or xmas) 2016 release with Singer directing please

236. Keachick - March 18, 2013

2016 release for the third Star Trek movie is a must. People have mentioned Brad Bird as well. I looked him up on IMDb and he has quite an impressive resume (mostly in *animation). The other point is that JJ Abrams was the producer and he the director of MI:Ghost Protocol, so there is already an established understanding, relationship. Hopefully, that may even apply to the KO writing team.

People are clearly of two minds about Bryan Singer. I do think it has a lot to do with the kind of story presented to him to direct (same applies to other directors as well). Hopefully, Paramount and Bad Robot will know who will do the third film justice, if JJ really can’t find his way to directing the third ST movie.

To JJ Abrams and KO writing team – You really need to finish what you started!

237. MJ - March 18, 2013


238. crazydaystrom - March 18, 2013

236. Keachick –
“2016 release for the third Star Trek movie is a must.”

Yes!! I must agree!

237. MJ –


I’m going to longshot it here folks – The next movie AND a new series! The fact of the 50th is going to be free Star Trek publicity. Lots of Trek money is going to be made by lots of people. Paramount and CBS owe it to themselves to take advantage of the event.

Unless they want to commemorate the anniversary by reenacting NBC’s lack of vision. Crazier things have happened.

239. Shilliam Watner - March 18, 2013

I don’t have a problem with Singer’s directing. Superman Returns went wrong because of his obsessive adherence to the Donner version of Superman, instead of trying his own vision. That was kind of unoriginal and cowardly, if you ask me. But the direction was fine.

Given a decent script, I don’t really see him screwing it up. Just don’t let him change the story. We had a Super Baby at the end of Superman Returns. We don’t want to have something really stupid at the end of the third Star Trek.

240. Treckin - March 18, 2013

I kinda liked the idea of Seth McFarlen. He seemed really ernest, which is exactly what Star Trek needs. Not egos, but passion. He also seemed like he was willing to make it his life, and he has tons of experience in TV, which we would all like to see happen Im sure.

Its too bad he was laughed off, IMHO.

241. Suellen - March 18, 2013

Just rewatched Shatner’s STV. It actually is good until you get the invasion of the planet.. The story line was man search for God and asked the question is God out there or within all of us. Didn’t get it at the time, but now think if he had had the budget it would have been better. It was definitely a character driven piece and not really action oriented to carry the plot.

242. Khan 2.0 - March 19, 2013

@Anthony P – liking the BTTF III logo

some other 3 logos that could be used:

Trek III (movie font)
Alien³ (cubed)
Superman III (crystal font)
Jurassic 3 (slash)
X3 (claws)

243. Xplodin_Nacelle - March 19, 2013

I think a Bryan Singer / Nick Meyer combo team could work!!!

244. Khan 2.0 - March 19, 2013


director – Bryan Singer
writers – Nicolas Meyer, Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman
executive consultant – Leonard Nimoy

hey its for the 50th anniversary so why not bring in the II/III/IV/VI boys back?

245. Jack - March 20, 2013

Whoever directs, I wish they’d bring on Steve Kloves (Wonder Boys, Harry Potter, Amazing Spider-Man) to rewrite the script. The guy does great dialogue. He directs too.

I sort of wish he was doing the rewriting on the Amazing Spider-Man sequel.

246. Jack - March 20, 2013

239. But he didn’t adhere to the Donner vision at all. He kept the music and followed, sort of, the plot and kept referring to it — but the look and the characters were completely different. Donner’s concept was verscimilitide, and his characters sparked. Singer’s movie was joyless.

247. Khan 2.0 - March 25, 2013

more Trek talk from Singer:

Some were surprised that Singer, a self-confessed Trekkie, didn’t throw his hat in the ring to direct that recent reboot. ‘I worshipped the original series too much,’ he explains. ‘I think that was the problem with Superman Returns [his own reboot that flopped]. I really loved the old Richard Donner film and I was too reverential with the material. That, and I tried to put too much in. There wasn’t just a love triangle, there was a love quadrilogy. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.