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Were you excited about Attack The Block director Joe Cornish putting his distincitive stamp on the Star Trek universe? Well, if you were, get unexcited immediately because that’s no longer going to happen. He apparently couldn’t come to a salary agreement or had some wild ideas about Spock that had Paramount execs setting their phasers to stun or he decided to become a professional golfer. Regardless, he’s out for unexplained reasons, and now, the franchise is once again treading water.
The news was reported by Variety, and the outlet offers nothing whatsoever in the way of an explanation. "He is no longer involved." That’s all we get. It sure sounds like there’s a great story buried somewhere beneath the niceties, but as per usual, it will probably take five years and a disgruntled production assistant to see the light of day. In any case, it’s a setback to the once steady franchise that is suddenly in a state of upheaval.
Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness may have been the exact shot in the arm the larger franchise needed to reinvent itself for a new generation and expand its appeal outside a small-ish cult of hardcore intellectual science fiction fans. Or the JJ Abrams fueled films may have been abominations that made no sense whatsoever and threw up giant middle fingers at those who actually stuck by the franchise for decades. There’s really no consensus on that either-or yet, but one thing everyone is willing to agree on is that under Abrams’ leadership, the franchise didn’t experience a ton of development turbulence. He directed both movies from scripts written by lightning rods Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, but once the helmer shifted his attention to Star Wars Episode VII, the wheels started coming off.
Kurtzman decided not to work on the screenplay, and new writers were hired to work alongside Orci for the third film. Cornish circled the project for a long while, supposedly even pitching ideas a bit, and now that he’s gone, the film is director-less and for the time being, script-less. There’s still a bit of time before the 2016 release date being eyed though; so, there’s no reason to go in full on panic mode, especially since Abrams will still produce and the entire cast is expected to be back. Besides, with mostly new creative voices at the top, it’s possible the newest effort could finally achieve a balance between universal acceptance and fanbase approval.
We’ll keep you updated on the director search over the next few months. With extensive pre and post production to be done, expect some forward progress to be made within the next few months.