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Edgar Wright Directed Shot Of Star Trek Into Darkness – Could He Direct Next Trek? May 9, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: ST: Into Darkness Sequel,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

cardsDuring the production of the last two Star Trek movies a number of luminaries have visited the set, but one of them actually got the chance to direct a scene. Today Edgar Wright revealed his connection to Into Darkness, which some might think puts him on the short list to direct the next Trek feature. 

 

Edgar Wright Directed Into Darkness Shot

This morning writer/director Edgar Wright sent out a tweet revealing that he directed one of the scenes in Star Trek Into Darkness. He also showed a behind the scenes image.

Wright may be the first to direct a shot, but he is not the first director to talk about giving JJ Abrams a hand with Star Trek. Steven Spielberg is said to have assisted in one of the action scenes on the USS Enterprise for the 2009 Star Trek movie. Other directors have visited the set of JJ Abrams Star Trek as well, including Jonathan Frakes.

Could Wright Helm Next Star Trek?

While JJ Abrams is set to produce the next Trek, it seems he will not be able to direct due to his commitment to deliver a Star Wars movie in 2015. The fact that Abrams let Wright direct a scene of Star Trek Into Darkness shows that he is part of the circle of trust and could put him on the short list for possible directors for the next Star Trek feature. Abrams offered Wright the job of directing Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (which he turned down), but last summer it was announced that Wright was going to direct a new sci-fi movie called Collider produced by Abrams and Bad Robot (for Paramount).

Currently Wright is finalizing post-production on The World’s End (the third film of his Cornetto trilogy and collaboration with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) which is due i theaters July 19th. However, Wright may have his own scheduling conflict. The director is set helm Ant Man for Disney/Marvel, targeting a 2015 release date.

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1. geodesic17 - May 9, 2013

I think it would be cool if Frakes directed, but I know he’s probably considered old-guard.

2. Ciaran - May 9, 2013

I, personally am not a fan of Edgar Wright’s work, and yes that includes the movies he made with Simon Pegg. Frankly, the only movie (apart from his 2 Trek films) that I liked Simon Pegg in was “Paul”.

I really hope Wright isn’t a contender for Star Trek XIII.

3. Ziplock9000 - May 9, 2013

He did one shot of something like 2100.. It was not for anything serious or meaningful.

4. crazydaystrom - May 9, 2013

It’s my understanding Wright is in preproduction on a film for Marvel scheduled to be released in 2015. If that’s true it’ll be tough to get a Trek film done in time for a 2016 release, which MUST happen.

5. Marja Wants Whedon for the Next Trek - May 9, 2013

Who the heck is Edgar Wright?

6. Grand Marshal Skaldak - May 9, 2013

http://www.hark.com/clips/pbgldxrdch-do-it-do-it-do-it

7. Brett L. - May 9, 2013

@1
I trust Frakes’ instincts when it comes to Trek, but CBS/Paramount would NEVER approve him. He took a serious hit in the eyes of studios in the years following First Contact (remember “Clockstoppers” or “Thunderbirds?”). Unfortunately, he pretty much only does T.V. directing these days. Such are the unfair and narrow minds of studio execs.

8. Marja Wants Whedon for the Next Trek - May 9, 2013

IMDB tells me, in effect – Meh.

9. Critch - May 9, 2013

He’s doing Ant Man for late 2015. Abrams is actually more likely.

10. Punkspocker - May 9, 2013

It would be insane not to have a 50th film. Director had better love Trek! On another topic, The MTV interview, JJ didn’t know Luke skywalkers home planet! And he’s my age! Seriously? That’s not even trivia. My husband, who hates sci fi, knew that.

11. BoingBoin - May 9, 2013

OH GOD NO! Please not him! His resume does not fill me with confidence.

12. Nick Tierce - May 9, 2013

Much as I admire Edgar Wright as a director, I don’t think he would be the most stylistically appropriate choice for Trek 3. Not to say I doubt his range, but his films thus far have a very specific touch.

I’d actually like to see someone new step up to the plate. I’m not sure if Damon Lindeloff has any directorial aspirations, but his touch was certainly appreciated on Into Darkness. (Saw it last night.)

13. Giez - May 9, 2013

Nick Meyer??
Why not? The guy had scope and knows characters…

14. Melllvar - May 9, 2013

Stewart Baird guys, come on!!

15. Snugglepuff - May 9, 2013

Steven Spielberg directed a shot??? =0 Can he do that next movie??!1!

16. BoingBoin - May 9, 2013

Nicholas Meyer would be PERFECT! The guy is a writer and director genius.

James Cameron is a trekker and has hinted at taking a shot of writing/directing a Trek movie but he has fallen so in love with his real-world science explorations i think his last films of his career will be Avatar 2 and 3 which will be released maybe 50 years from now.

David Fincher could fit since he has always flirted with idea of sci-fi with Rendezvous with Rama before walking away from the project at the last second. I get the sense Into Darkness is a set up for Khan in the next film which fits a Fincher style of directing thriller type.

I also wouldn’t mind Zack Snyder as director but writing would definitely have to be someone else.

17. BoingBoin - May 9, 2013

@Glez (post #13) … +1,000!

I also watched an interview with Meyers (on YT) and he seems to still have a fire to write more high quality material for Trek. He mentioned he was a bit surprised (and you felt he was a tad disappoitned) they didn’t call him for tips for the 2009 film though.

I am thinking Into Darkness isn’t about Khan but is a prelude to the next film which is about Khan (played by Benicio Del Toro?) so you’d think they’d very much want Meyer’s input since he was the one who made the character iconic in American culture by writing and directing one of the best sci-fis in history.

God what i wouldn’t give to see Meyer write another Trek script and jump aboard directing it. Well one assured outcome is it will get universal critical acclaim by reviewers….Meyers and his love for character storytelling.

18. Buzz Cagney - May 9, 2013

Can we just get a director who plays a scene as a reason in itself rather than JJ who plays it only as a reason to get to the next.

New writers too please.

19. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 9, 2013

Edgar Wright directed Hot Fuzz with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This movie would have to be my all time favourite comedy movie. Whether or not he could do the next Star Trek film installment, I don’t know. However, if Hot Fuzz is anything to go by, he is no slouch as a director.

I don’t want Nick Meyers directing the next Star Trek. TWOK was good, but I did not like where he took Star Trek with TUC. Some of TUC was horrendous.

20. Tanner "The Dude" Waterbury - May 9, 2013

We all know the same thing was said a few years ago, then JJ DID make it to the chair again. I believe JJ will helm the chair for the 3rd movie. I bet a White Russian cocktail!

21. Steve Johnson - May 9, 2013

@17 BoingBoin

I won’t spoil anything for you except to say that your feeling about Into Darkness is… Well, off base.

Nick Meyer, I think, honestly makes the most sense for the 50th. He’s a respected and well established writer/director, and he’s given us two of the better Star Trek outings (one considered to be, arguably, the best.)

It would also, I think, allow for the adult elements to return to the big screen if he were to do it. He likes big things and developing very rich layers of themes into his stories. He’d be my ideal choice. The writing staff can remain the same, but you bring in Nick, and I think he’d shake things up in a good way. Everything old will be new again by this point, and he could perhaps cap this trilogy in such a way that the door opens for Trek to return to TV.

22. geodesic17 - May 10, 2013

Maybe Shatner can direct.

23. kmart - May 10, 2013

Wright on his worst day (i.e., SCOTT PILGRIM) would be tons better than any of the AbramsBunch. Except for recent fascination with unnecessary lens flares, Wright really has the goods, in spades. You wouldn’t even need to have Seth Rogen for Harry Mudd to get good character comedy.

16, Fincher did not walk away from RAMA, it never came together. It is still being developed, 13 years later, and he still has not ruled out directing it, assuming they ever get the script right plus financing. Can’t imagine why he would bother with TREK though.

24. Spock's Uncle - May 10, 2013

I can’t believe the people who continually suggest trodding out former Trek directors like Frakes or Meyer… Nick is a great guy (met him in Hollywood a couple of years ago), and loved his two installments (and his book). But seriously, he hasn’t helmed a big-budget Hollywood tentpole film–ever. Whomever is the next direct (assuming JJ doesn’t helm the project) will be from a younger crop of Hollywood “up-and-comers” as was JJ when he was picked to do the 2009 film. A theme in all of the recent reviews is the brilliance behind injecting new blood into a “tired” franchise. More new blood to come. Not one review has said, “this needed to be paced much slower, like ST: Undiscovered Country” or “what this film lacks is the Run Silent, Run Deep touch of Wrath of Khan”… for those of you who long to see a Nick Meyer directed film, I suggest breaking out your DVDs (or VHS tapes) of WOK & Undiscovered Country, and continue your enjoyment of living in the past.

25. Mitchell - May 10, 2013

i think a lot of people are unaware of how many scenes of a film are made up of the teamwork of the crew. First Assistant Director’s, Second Units and even DP’s (Director of Photography’s) contribute a tremendous amount in varying degrees to getting scenes in.
every film production is different and then there are also sometimes guest appearances on set and special circumstances; like Bryan Singer on set of Star Trek Nemesis and taking over a weeks direction of Lord of the Rings while Peter Jackson was violently ill. Singer Did Not go on to direct The Hobbit or Star Trek ’09

26. Snugglepuff - May 10, 2013

@24 Good catch, While I agree with new directors I never thought about the whole ‘new directors upcoming’ thing. Great point.

@25 Been saying that this whole time. Being in the video industry I appreciate all the behind the scenes stuff that happens to make a video segment (check out my latest project http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YivJpZPJejw). I can only imagine the work it takes for a movie.

How can I find out info where Singer helped direct LOTR?

27. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 10, 2013

These films need a younger person directing them. Producing and directing STID was something of a learning curve for JJ Abrams because he preferred to make 2D movies, but the studio said they wanted the 3D version as well. I have no doubt that Paramount will demand the same quality and style for the next one.

Nick Meyer turned Starfleet into more of a military organization than I wanted. I didn’t like then or now. At the end of STID, Starfleet was not about militarization…

28. Steve Johnson - May 10, 2013

@27

What exactly did Nick do that added “militarism” into Star Trek that wasn’t already present in any of the original series episodes that dealt with war? Errand of Mercy, Kirk actually says “I’m a soldier, not a diplomat.”

In fact, aside from giving them a hint more of professionalism, Nick Meyer didn’t do anything that added more militarism into the series. It was the same old Star Trek it had been since the 60s. There are elements of the high seas and navy, but that was already there in large part thanks to Gene Roddenberry himself.

They’re on a space ship armed with weapons, patrolling the frontier of the federation, employing a navy like military structure with subordinates and superiors. What did Nick add to that, that wasn’t already in place to begin with? The answer, is nothing.

29. Buzz Cagney - May 10, 2013

Nick Meyer would add considerable weight to a script and a story. They need to be calling him. Today. Right now in fact.
He can be on set at least, to advise, if not to Direct.
The last time Trek was in a mess he saved it. I’m sorry to say he’s needed again.

30. kmart - May 10, 2013

29, You can’t be on-set advising a director, no matter how badly he needs it. It doesn’t work that way.

Not only that, but no director worth his salt would inflict himself on somebody else’s show – and it would probably violate all tenets of the DGA agreements too (SUPERMAN 1 being the exception that proves the rule, and also shows how stupid the idea is.)

I don’t know that Meyer could be effective in this era … I don’t love what he did with TUC either. By way of comparison, however, Meyer’s stuff, even when he is not terribly cinematic, make Abrams look like a kid who hasn’t learned to use a tripod yet.

I guess the real test goes back to what Meyer said during TWOK: it wasn’t his job to give the audience what they wanted. It was to make them like what he gave them. Somehow Abrams passed that test with most of you (I’m guessing a lot of BOURNE and STAR WARS fans), so the rest of us are now stuck with what went before, since we find this seriously unpalatable.

31. chrisfawkes.com - May 10, 2013

I would like to see Nick Meyer.

Not sure how anyone can think the studio execs are just too narrow minded to give Frakes a chance when they also acknowledge his two total bombs.

Personally I think the writers should sit down with Nimoy and Shatner for a brainstorm then go to Nick Meyer and bring him in for story development with the current team.

Please don’t do The Wrath of Khans Mum for the next one though.

32. gingerly - May 10, 2013

I would LOOOOVE to see that happen.

Edgar Wright is the shiznit.

Hot Fuzz is my favorite movie of the past 10 years and Shawn of the Dead is the best zombie movie…Scott Pilgrim proved he can direct special-effects heavy films and it too is a good film.

33. Lords Of Kobol Book - May 10, 2013

Does the slate show the movie’s production code name?

2009′s was “Corporate Headquarters.” Wright’s hand is covering it, but it looks like it might be “Project (something)” or “(something) Project.”

34. Theatre Historian - May 10, 2013

7) Clockstopers actually got pretty good reviews and did pretty good business at the box office.
As for Thunderbirds, universal exerterd a lot l of control over the movie, which is not Frakes fault

35. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 10, 2013

I guess I got the greater sense of militarism from the style and colour of the uniforms which became part of those TOS movies from TWOK onwards.

So now JJ Abrams get kicked for actually giving as many people as possible what they want and would like to see. Holy moly. That guy is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

Let someone younger handle the directing if JJ abrams can’t make it back for the 2016 Star Trek film – Brad Bird, Edgar Wright, whoever…Nick Meyer didn’t necessarily “get” Star Trek anymore than JJ and co. or perhaps, the Supreme Court do “get” it?

I thought Thunderbirds was a good movie, based on the 1960s’ British *CHILDREN’s television series Thunderbirds, which used supermarionation puppetry. Great series!

*Why should adult viewers expect it to suddenly become anything other than a movie aimed at children any more than they should expect if of a Transformer movie?

36. Tom - May 10, 2013

@1: try to remember that the set of three Trek movies have to be consistent in tone, style, methodology, etc. Frakes can be a wonderful director, but his is a totally different directorial style. Therefore, the set of 3 movies would be grossly incongruous.

Now, if the reboot was rebooted, we can talk about changing styles.

37. Mitchell - May 10, 2013

@26. Snugglepuff:
Excellent video. did you put it all together as a producer i mean? or are you the creative talent? Fantastic either way.

The Bryan Singer info i watched on a monthly video blog leading up to Superman Returns 2006 release. All those video journals are found on the Special Edition DVD and Superman Box sets that includes all the films made from 1951 to 2006.
my guess is AICN or Superhero Hype may have Archives dating back to when Singer aided Jackson. Google may be your best friend in locating that story.

38. madtrekfanuk - May 10, 2013

With you Chris Fawkes (@31)

Nick Meyer to direct and bring back Shatner (one last time)

On a side note, whoever gets to direct the next movie (hopefully in 2016) please, please, please any chance of seeing a vertical intermix chamber in a properly designed engineering set!

Whilst you are at it give Andy Probert a call (see above note about engineering)

39. smegger56 - May 10, 2013

One shot? Ok. Cool I guess.

But I have to admit, I love Edgar Wright. He’s such a good director and I think his style would suit JJ’s Trek. Both are fast paced directors. If Wright was involved, I’d be happy :)

40. Admiral_Bumblebee - May 10, 2013

Leonard Nimoy!

41. Ciaran - May 10, 2013

#33

The production title was “Project HH”. No idea what it means tho! Lol.

42. dylant - May 10, 2013

Since seeing Star Trek Into Darkness at the midnight premiere two days ago here in London, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied with worrying with what’s going to happen to Trek XIII (because I so loved STID!), as Abrams will not be directing it…

My biggest fear is that they get an “ok” director, not a great one who understands the Reboot material and the old universe as Abrams and his creative team, I’m convinced, really do. And if we have an ok director (like, say, Chris Columbus, who is good at kiddie-action flicks like HP but not space opera), it could really turn the third movie into mediocrity… And that would be *such* a disappointment after the creative and box office success of these first two Reboots… I would HATE that and be so disappointed, as I think we all would be!

So I’ve been thinking a lot about who I’d want to direct and have gone through a haphazard list in my head over the last few days of Hollywood’s successful directors: first realizing that I think it should be a young-ish director or someone at least with a ‘youthful’ style (meanings 40s or under), which throws out old hands like Speilberg, and *not* someone who’s an ‘auteur’ director in the sense that they bring too much of their own artistic sensibility to the thing, though these people can be amazing, so that throws out otherwise wonderful people like Baz Luhrmann, Tarantino, Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro, etc., and finally, I don’t want it to be someone who can clunkily (but efficiently) direct a Hollywood franchise summer blockbuster, as it would be a mistake to understand Trek as just another superhero/action adventure flick, so that throws out people like Gore Verbinski (PotC) and James Cameron…

…this leaves, I just realized, someone wonderful who I would LOVE to direct the third Reboot film: Bryan Singer.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Singer

Singer directed that first wonderful, subtle X-Men movie in 2000, as well as the much-acclaimed The Usual Suspects, which is brilliant, as well as Superman Returns, among other things. And he’s a self-proclaimed Trek fan to boot, so much so that they let him suit up as an extra for Nemesis several years ago… So he ticks a lot of boxes for what I think is required to replace JJ: young, dynamic up-and-coming director, understands the material but also how it needs to be made ’21st century’ (a la X-Men), places dynamics between characters and their development front and center (both X-Men and Usual Suspects), and understands science fiction/space operas and the action adventure genre.

What do people here think???

43. Gary - May 10, 2013

Peter Jackson gets my vote.

44. Ctrl-Opt-Del - May 10, 2013

If Edgar Wright does direct, then I say we have Nick Frost as Harry Mudd ;-)

45. Timncc1701 - May 10, 2013

10, JJ did not know what NCC stands for in the comments with the 2009 DVD. Neither did Orci. Really? Then again, which of us Trek nerds could make a movie? I still think Abrams is a better fit for Star Wars, and he probably would admit that.

46. Lazytrek - May 10, 2013

Who ever did iron man 3 could be a good fit

47. LogicalLeopard - May 10, 2013

45. Timncc1701 – May 10, 2013

Oh COME ON!!!! HE didn’t know what NCC stood for?!?!?!?

Uhm….so what does NCC stand for?

48. Disinvited - May 10, 2013

#47. LogicalLeopard – May 10, 2013

According to old startrek.com article:

http://web.archive.org/web/20100621024418/http://www.startrek.com/startrek/view/news/article/120394.html

”Jefferies also elaborated on how he decided to use “NCC” as the prefix for the registry numbers of Starfleet ships. He said that American civil aircraft have their registry numbers preceded by “NC,” and Soviet craft used a prefix of “CCCC,” so he more-or-less combined the two. His philosophy was, “If we do anything in space, we (Americans and Russians) have to do it together.” ” – ‘Report: Visual Effects Magic Not Always High-Tech’, 07.06.2001, startrek.com

It stands fot US and USSR having to work together in space.

49. Disinvited - May 10, 2013

#48. Disinvited – May 10, 2013

“fot” should be “for”

50. Anthony Thompson - May 10, 2013

27. Keachick

“At the end of STID, Starfleet was not about militarization”. Why then does almost every poster and clip from STID feature weaponry? lol.

51. sean - May 10, 2013

I still say Brad Bird is the best choice, as he’s part of the circle and he has a gift with retro properties (The Incredibles, MI4).

52. Red Dead Ryan - May 10, 2013

Honestly, I don’t understand why so many of you are suggesting Nick Meyer and Jonathon Frakes. Meyer himself said that he wouldn’t be able to adequately direct a big-budgeted cgi-laden Trek movie. Frakes is a tv director.

Why can’t Trekkies think outside of the box? Christopher Nolan or Duncan Jones would be great!

53. sean - May 10, 2013

#45

And I doubt Nick Meyer or Leonard Nimoy knew what it stood for, either. Knowing a tiny piece of esoteric trivia doesn’t exactly guarantee someone is going to make a good movie.

54. Thorny - May 10, 2013

43… Peter Jackson? I for one don’t want a 3 1/2 hour Star Trek movie. The man needs to hire an editor and let the editor do his job. “Hobbit” was at least a half hour too long and “King Kong” was an hour too long. Enough ego-stroking already!

52… Maybe because not all of us love Nolan? I saw DK and DKR exactly once and have no interest in seeing either of them again. Frankly, this obsession with all things bleak and gloom and doom is fine for Batman if that’s your thing, but Star Trek is supposed to be optimistic about the future, and that has me very worried about STID, which evidently shows us a future with a terrorist maniac on the loose (oh, joy!) just like we have today. Duncan Jones is a maybe, but I doubt he’d be interested. He’s too indy film-ish.

55. Randall Williams - May 10, 2013

NCC stands for Naval Construction Contract. – Gene Roddenberry,
“The Making of Star Trek” book by Gene Roddenberry and Steven Whitfield.

U.S.S. Enterprise U.S.S. = United Starship Enterprise

All from the ‘horses mouth’ so to ‘speak’….

You can find used paperback books on appropriate websites,
meaning websites I cannot mention here.

56. sean - May 10, 2013

#55

Of course in early episodes it was United Space Ship.

57. Commodore Adams - May 10, 2013

Never heard of Edgar Wright, had to look him up on IMDb to see what he has done. Granted he and JJ have roughly done the same amount of work, but Edgar has not done any sci fi. He is directing Ant Man, which is huge credit as it is a Marvel movie. Granted you have to start somewhere but I would rather look at someone who has more experience in the genre. My mind would be blown and would be so stoked if a Star Trek movie were directed by Ridley Scott as opposed to Michael Bay, Joseph McGinty, or Christopher Nolan.

It tough to choose a director, Robert Wise was interesting but out of all the trek movies Nick Mayer is the only one who was a great director, the only one that sticks out. Shatner, Nimoy, Frakes, meh actor/directors. First Contact was great because the story was also great. Movie is 50% story/screenplay, 50% director. David Carson, Stuart Baird were lack lustre directors. That to me is what Edgar is. JJ’s style may not be loved by everyone but my god does he have some style. Most directors do not stick out the way JJ and Ridley Scott do, you can identify their style.

I am sure Paramount can find better….but for the right price? In the end its not like I would be upset if it was Edgar Wright. Just make sure the story is solid.

58. Disinvited - May 10, 2013

#55. Randall Williams – May 10, 2013

I have the book and it’s important what it says and Jeffries’ statement equally so. But nothing on screen ever established what NCC means so it’s not canonical. And sean rightly points out the U.S.S. meaning is a definite retcon which gives indication the book’s NCC meaning is most likely a retcon too.

FWIW THE MAKING OF STAR TREK’s NCC explanation appears in a couple other licensed technical manuals so I’d say it’s establish for the Trek print stories.

59. Leo R. - May 10, 2013

Paramount needs to go back to a director who knows Trek, at least, and I say that person is Nick Meyer. Hands down and he has a proven Trek track record: Star Trek II: The Wraith of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Meet the Trek fans half way Paramount and let’s do this!

60. Benecardo Cumbelban - May 10, 2013

Michael Bay.

61. Spock's Uncle - May 10, 2013

Kirk once asked, “How can history get past people like me…”

All you Meyer/Shatner acolytes are mired (or perhaps “Meyered”) in the past. Trek is not about what was, it’s about what will be. You all have to move on. ST:UD was more than 20 years ago… Time to move on! How can you proclaim to love a show about the 23rd century when you can’t stop living in the 20th century?

62. Lee - May 10, 2013

I’d be fine with Wright getting involved with the franchise, as long as it doesn’t interfere with him finally getting Ant-Man made for Marvel.

63. I am not Herbert - May 10, 2013

Yes, we want Edgar Wright for Ant-Man… =)

…but he would be a MASSIVE IMPROVEMENT for Star Trek!

Make it so, Number One!!

64. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 10, 2013

#50 – Ooops… Just go see the movie.

65. Matias 47 - May 10, 2013

I’m curious as to why age is important in the next director?

Though I wouldn’t be averse to youthful (40 and under I believe someone said) I’d certainly see a Duncan Jones Star Trek, but why limit? Shane Black (51) wrote and directed Iron Man 3 and it took him a while to get to the point of being allowed to direct something big after being shut out of the Lethal Weapon series and dealing with bad things with Hollywood politics since ’89 (and Kiss Kiss Bag Bang was not a hit). Without the support of Robert Downey, Jr. he would have never gotten it. Joss Wheadon will be in his fifties for Avengers 2. Clint Eastwood (no, I’m not suggesting him for Star Trek) has done his best directing after 60. there are more examples, but I’ll stop there.

So, open your minds, children. Talent lasts beyond 40.

66. Gary 8.5 - May 10, 2013

50. that might be what you see in the promotion for this film,
I see Action Humor, and a whole lot more.
Keachick dont worry nothing was spoiled.
Much Appreaciated.

67. geodesic17 - May 10, 2013

Maybe George Lucas is free to direct.

68. Benecardo Cumbelban - May 10, 2013

Woody Allen? Discuss…

69. Adam - May 10, 2013

The irony in all of this is that Abrams’ talents and background would be ideally suited to developing a new Star Trek tv show

70. Johnny - May 10, 2013

Edgar Wright shouldn’t even be in this conversation. He’s directing Ant-Man for a 2015 release date. End of story.

71. Chief Engineer - May 10, 2013

If JJ is busy my first choice would be Brad Bird… just sayin.

72. Benecardo Cumbelban - May 10, 2013

the wachowski brothers…err, sibilings.

73. Timncc1701 - May 10, 2013

55 Thanks. The Making of Star Trek should have been required reading for the “Supreme Court.” Disappointing it was a revelation to most here. Amazing book I recommend to newer fans.

74. Anti Red Matter - May 10, 2013

Oh My:

J.J. Abrams and George Takei talk ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ on Facebook Live at 8:30PM ET

https://live.facebooklive.com/

75. Benecardo Cumbelban - May 10, 2013

star trek into the right thing.
a spike lee joint

76. Picard, Jean-Luc - May 10, 2013

I don’t think Edgar Wright would be the guy to steer Star Trek 3 unless Abrams was behind him every step of the way.

To be honest It kind of does need to be someone who Abrams can really work close with but ultimately have direct his (Abrams) vision of what his third and likely to be final Star Trek adventure. I would say Trek 3 will hit around the time Skyfall did last year in 2016 to celebrate the franchises 50th anniversary.

If that’s the case then actually its possible Abrams could direct but would he really want to go from Star Trek to Star Wars and then back to Star Trek? I’m not too sure but as Abrams would say, it depends on the story…

“Star Trek needs to get a director that knows Trek” -

I’m sorry but since when did fans ‘know’ Star Trek? You know what you think Star Trek should be not what it is.

77. jesustrek - May 10, 2013

No, I Like Jonhatan Frakes…Felicidades Orci acabo de ver STID bastante bien logrado el guion, tu tio debe estar muy orgulloso del sobrino trekkie, ire a verla 2 veces mas sigue al cargo de ST, Capitan.

Saludos

78. Geodesic17 - May 10, 2013

In all seriousness, Neill Blomkamp would be awesome. District 9 had great action, emotion, and thematic depth.

79. Gary 8.5 - May 10, 2013

I like Frakes too,
But , I think it is better That the next director be new to the franchise.
I hope it is Brad Bird .
But , if JJ can come back, that would be a perfect way to wrap up the trilogy

80. James McFadden - May 10, 2013

I love the uss vengeance

81. Steve Johnson - May 10, 2013

@61

Yes! Because time forgets quality work… Oh wait. No, it doesn’t.

Other than hyperbole, do you have anything of intelligence to actually counter why Nick Meyer wouldn’t work?

This notion that he’s an outmoded director is totally baseless. His track record with writing and directing is nothing but quality.

82. Nick - May 10, 2013

Nick Meyer would be awesome

I think Brad Bird would be the logical choice. His work on MI: Ghost Protocol was excellent.

83. Jim, London - May 10, 2013

Neill Blomkamp would be my pick if it were up to me – exceptionally talented director!

84. The Sinfonian - May 10, 2013

What? No one’s suggesting Stuart Baird? j/k
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Brad Bird makes sense on many levels, assuming it’s a Bad Robot production of a K/O script. Riam if Brad doesn’t.
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Seth Rogen as Harry Mudd? Not old enough. I’d love to see Stephen Tobolowsky as Harry Mudd. Best able to portray just the right combination of comic, dark, and annoying.
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Project HH= Horatio Hornblower.
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Meyer and Bennett to completely went militaristic, in full navy/nautical theme, including the red uniform jackets, the stark greys of the bridge (repainting TMP’s optimistic whites), the Spock funeral, the torpedo loading and launching bay, Kirk boarding with whistled honors, the ‘inspection’ tour, etc.

85. Platitude - May 10, 2013

He’s going to be too busy for Ant-Man, which is his passion project so he’s going to make it a priority over everything else. Don’t think Star Trek is in the realm of possibility for him.

86. zjohns - May 11, 2013

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Moby-Dick
Star Trek VI: No Undiscovered Shakespeare Quote

87. Brett L. - May 11, 2013

@31 & 34
My point about Frakes is studios tend to give too much credit to directors when their movies are hits, and too much blame when their movies are perceived failures ($$$). What does it say about studio narrow-mindedness when J.J. is given the franchise keys to Trek, Wars, M:I, etc.? Is there really no one else in the world with as much or (gasp) more talent that can deliver a hit film these days? Is J.J. really THAT good? No, he’s the hot hand and a known commodity.

Studios use this conservative, risk averse approach for everything, including casting (some folks call it good business, I call it narrow-minded). This is how actors get typecast because they don’t think an actor can do anything else. It’s also the same reason why when a studio needs an older African American man, it’s always Morgan Freeman. When they need a middle-aged Japanese man, it’s Ken Watanabe, etc. There are thousands of talented actors, writers, and directors who never get a chance because of this, or folks perceived as screwing up who never get a second chance.

Whether you like him as a director or not, Frakes (like MANY) is a victim of an unforgiving studio business culture. Granted, that shouldn’t be a revelation to most.

88. davenetsoo - May 11, 2013

I think Neill Blomkamp would be an awesome choice Sci-Fi is definitely his strong suit, I think he has similar or better style than JJ Abrams. Ridley Scott is another guy I wouldn’t mind trying his hand a Trek

89. Sxottlan - May 11, 2013

I would prefer Edgar Wright do Ant-Man next and it appears it is finally happening. It’s been put off long enough. Really looking forward to see his foray into the Avenger Saga.

90. Mitchell - May 11, 2013

@52. Red Dead Ryan:

Nolan would be a dream choice but his dream is to direct a James Bond film. Being England’s top director he’s sure to be sought after by Barbara Broccoli and EON Productions now that Sam Mendes won’t follow up to direct a Skyfall sequel.

While he is going to direct his brother Jonathan’s space adventure film,
Wally Pfister, Nolan’s Director of Photography (a Hollywood Legend now) has also left Nolan’s team to begin his own directing career, working on his own Sci-Fi movie.

so it will be interesting to see how they both do entering the realm of Science Fiction Space Movies.

91. Mitchell - May 11, 2013

@Benecardo Cumbelban

#73. the true definition of R O F L M A O

#76. picture Uhura tired of being oppressed and mistreated on board the Enterprise. an then…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT5YRaulTzk

A Spike Lee Joint

92. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - May 11, 2013

@92. Mitchell

Oh, heaven help me – that video was funny! Jim Carrey is a scream as Kirk.

93. Passing on parody - May 11, 2013

Star Trek ended with Nemesis.

I know no one wants to accept that but it did.

JJ Abrahms “Star Trek” is nonsensically “future-retro” making it an unrealistic platform of the future and severing it from any evolution of the present. I don’t want a futuristic reinterpritation of what people in 1966 thought the 23rd century would look like. I want to see what people in 2013 think that century will look like.

Sad news indeed. This new series is a parody. It’s only loosely based on 40 years of Trek but more specifically based on 1966.

What’s with Hollywood’s desparate need to reimagine everything? Will we all be subjected to multiple reimaginings of the same four or five productions (i.e. Spiderman, Batman, Superman..ect)

Looking forward to at least three more reimaginings of Star Trek with at least as many Kirk/Spock origin stories.

Let’s move forward, shall we?

94. Phil - May 11, 2013

I know no one wants to accept that but it did….

Must be tough being the sole possessor of truth, a lonely quest is a wasteland of imitators. It begs the question, as you admit that no one accepts truth except you, when is truth opinion, subjective. Jesus has his disciples. …for that matter, so does Satan.

95. chrisfawkes.com - May 11, 2013

@61

Ironically it is us that would like to see Meyer involved that actually want to move on from rehashing the past. Particularly TWOK. which has been done for the last three movies now.

Move on in terms of story for sure but for the skill to tell a story and understand Trek while being able to break some rules Meyer just had it down.

He still has much to offer, I believe.

96. chrisfawkes.com - May 11, 2013

“Star Trek ended with Nemesis.

I know no one wants to accept that but it did.”

Pffft!

Nemesis was not Trek and the characters were out of character for a good part of that movie.

Insurrection also. What a piece of crap.

Abrams trek captures the original spirit of Star Trek better than Next gen and certainly better than any of the other series.

Thank goodness we have professionals running the show now that have lifted the quality several notches.

I know there are five of you that disagree. The rest of us are good.

97. Wannabe Writer - May 11, 2013

@94

Trek was never about the future tech. I was about the human adventure. Gene even said he was writing morality plays. The tech was simply a vehicle by which the story was told.

Trek will always be about us. Who we are and the struggles we face. It is a means by which we can explore choice and their possible consequences.

The question we should ask is who do we want to be tomorrow?

98. Jonboc - May 11, 2013

#97 “Abrams trek captures the original spirit of Star Trek better than Next gen and certainly better than any of the other series.”

Amen to that brother. Star Trek…just plain old, Wagon Train to the stars, old-school TOS-action-adventure-fun Star Trek…is back!!

99. al - May 11, 2013

James Cameron is the one I would most likely want to see write and direct a Trek film in the future. Prehaps after he’s gottenb his Avatar films out of the way.

100. Anthony Lewis - May 11, 2013

@ 29

LOLLERCOASTER

Yeah Trek is in such horrible shape, what with the high critical praise, expanded fan base, and the truck loads of money it is making.

101. jptech - May 11, 2013

I see considerable support for Brad Bird – he has a natural sense of character and storytelling. He also can put together some amazing action! Made MI4 watchable.

As for story – if Nick Meyer is to be involved this would be his forte. Get him consulting with these younger writers. If anyone has spent much time listening to his interviews and commentaries, you certainly get the sense that he is working on a higher level than most people in terms of understanding the human condition.

102. gingerly - May 12, 2013

@101

Brad Bird is my other choice!!

Both he and Wright have that knack for witty interrelations and fine action sequences we need.

Both are also thoroughly modern with their vision….Some others named patently are not.

103. Unwanted - May 12, 2013

@93. Trek will never end, Nemesis sucked, Insurrection sucked, TWOK and TUC were despised by Gene Roddenberry and the original cast, and JJ saved the franchise from itself.

You have a right to your wrong opinion, but nobody else has to care.

104. Randy H. - May 13, 2013

@103 – Just as no one needs to care about your opinion regarding JJ “saving” the franchise from itself. He invigorated it to be sure – but whether he did that using a steroid that will eventually kill it or a B vitamin shot that makes it healthier remains to be seen.

105. Mitchell - May 13, 2013

All this debating is nil for Paramount.
This is why the movies have been what they are and what the future will hold.

Whoever can direct what they want and whatever Producers can bring it on a reasonable schedule and budget will get the job.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/star-trek-darkness-heading-where-none-gone-foreign-213331663.html

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/star-trek-director-boldly-goes-conquer-non-sci-155009545.html

106. Unwanted - May 13, 2013

@104. I already said that you have a right to your wrong opinion, that covers your dipsh-t steroid comment also, and anything else you have to say. Now I am done and will not be responding any further to your garbage.

I have been watching Star Trek since birth (pre TNG), and I love it in all its incarnations. I have issues with all of them too, especially with DS9 and Enterprise, but that doesnt stop me from watching and enjoying them and it never will. JJ’s version is no worse than anything else in Trek, and considerably better than much of the previous material, especially garbage like the “Dominion War”.

107. kmart - May 14, 2013

103,

You’re losing track of reality with the line about TWOK being hated by the cast, unless maybe you’re talking Judson Scott.

Then again, maybe you were never on that track, now that I read the other post of yours … the steroid line of his was cute and smart, BTW.

Have you considered that your love for TREK might also be on a wrong track? May I suggest you take up watching THE JETSONS instead? At least you won’t have to put up with the more admirable moments in TREK, such as the gritty aspects of the dominion war.

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