With Star Trek Into Darkness almost on home video, what’s happening with the third Star Trek theatrical release from the new “JJ ‘verse” timeline is foremost on Trek fans minds. There are multiples sources that say Paramount has a contender for the director’s seat, while J.J. Abrams will produce.
Multiple sources report that the director of GI Joe: Retaliation, Jon M. Chu, is slated to direct. As we know J.J. Abrams would be too busy with the next Star Wars movie in 2015 to jump right into the 3rd Trek movie in 2016.
It’s assumed that he’s the pick since he managed to get the GI Joe franchise back on its feet. One of the first sources to report this is Latino Review, who have a good track record when it comes to Trek, they were one of the first (if not the first) to call out Khan as the next villain well before other news sites did.
Also, as most assumed, it looks pretty certain that the writing duo of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are back to pen the third movie.
There were rather bogus rumors of other writers being paraded through the Bad Robot and Paramount offices a few weeks back.
— The Hollywood Reporter
Remember that all of this considered rumor until an official press release from Bad Robot and/or Paramount is issued.