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'Star Trek 3' director rumors include 'G.I. Joe' and 'Planet of the Apes' vets
With J.J. Abrams off in a galaxy far, far away, Paramount is searching for someone to direct the planned "Star Trek 3," and the Internet has dug up a pair of likely suspects.
Earlier this week, Latino Review stated that "G.I. Joe: Retaliation's" John M. Chu is being eyed for the job, although his publicists later denied it. Chu has a long legacy with the studio, having directed the doc "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and "Retaliation" there.
Meanwhile, Cinematallica is reporting that "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" helmer Rupert Wyatt is being eyed for the gig. Wyatt has reportedly been looking for a follow-up gig after leaving the "Apes" franchise.
There's also still a possibility that Abrams himself will return to the "Star Trek" series after all, depending on scheduling.
Obviously, nothing's been made official yet, but we can expect some solid news fairly soon.
"Star Trek" and "Transformers" vets Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are writing the script for "Star Trek 3," and Paramount is aiming for a 2016 release. Stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are contracted to return.