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Has 'Star Trek 3' found a director?
If the mission is approved, the next "Star Trek" film will be heading into unknown territory while producer-director J.J. Abrams is off fighting the Empire in the adjacent "Star Wars" galaxy. However, rumors are stirring about who may be in line to be the new captain of "Trek."
Reports are circulating that "Attack the Block" helmer Joe Cornish is in the running to direct the possible threequel.
It's strictly in the rumor stages now, prompted by a tweet from Latino Review's El Mayimbe, which stated that Cornish is among "numerous" names being floated around at Paramount.
Cornish also co-wrote "The Adventures of Tintin" and the upcoming "Ant-Man" with Edgar Wright, who has worked with Abrams several times before. Cornish also has an established relationship with Paramount, where he's also attached to direct an adaptation of Neal Stephenson's heady SF novel "Snow Crash."
"Star Trek Into Darkness" has so far earned $164 million domestically, which likely won't equal the $257 earned by its 2009 predecessor. Paramount hasn't yet officially confirmed a threequel.
There's also the possibility that the studio will wait for Abrams to wrap up "Star Wars: Episode VII" before pursuing another big screen "Trek," but that seems unlikely, as it would likely mean that "Trek 3" wouldn't be in theaters any earlier than 2017.
As 2016 will be the fiftieth anniversary for "Trek," it would be a nice bookend if "3" -- if it happens -- were to be released that year.
Who would you like to see direct "Star Trek 3"?