During 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.
There are 2120 shots in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’. I directed one of them. Looking forward to seeing the other 2119. twitter.com/edgarwright/st…
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 9, 2013
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.