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:
Rian Johnson (Looper)
Duncan Jones (Moon)
Josh Trank (Chronicle)
Matt Reeves (Cloverfield)
Jonathan Nolan (Chris Nolan’s brother, better known as writer and producer but works with Abrams on Person of Interest and directed one episode)
Neill Blomkamp (District 9)
Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim)
Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy)
Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods)
Shane Carruth (Primer)