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Star Trek 3 is going through a heck of a time landing on a director. Even though a shortlist of filmmakers was only revealed earlier this week, one of the individuals has already publicly and gracefully declined the offer. Duncan Jones, who is most notable for directing the imaginative films Moon and Source Code, recently tweeted out this message regarding his feelings on directing Star Trek 3:


Well then. I guess that’s that. It's worth mentioning at this point that reports have said Duncan Jones wasn’t the top dog on the list, as it looks like Paramount is courting The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt most heavily. Still, Jones seems to be ending the Star Trek 3 conversation before it can really begin.

So what is Jones working on next? Surely there has to be something in the works if he's passing up Star Trek, right? For the time being, he’s currently in post-production on Warcraft, a feature-length adaptation of the insanely popular videogame of the same name. Beyond that, it seems that Jones has two pet projects he intends to focus on once he finishes his work on his big fantasy epic - as he noted on Twitter:


One of those pet projects is believed to be Mute. Jones has been working with Glenn Fabry (cover artist for Hellblazer and Preacher) for a decade now to adapt the story into a graphic novel, and ultimately a feature film. Mute is set in the future and centers around a bartender incapable of speech who enters into the world of crime to track down his kidnapped female friend. There was talk for a while about making Mute the second in a very loose trilogy beginning with Moon, though there hasn’t been any trilogy chatter lately. We'll have to wait and see if any news comes from his work on the project.

With Duncan Jones removing himself from the picture, it looks like Paramount has four other very strong names to pick from on their released shortlist (six if you include fan-favorite Jonathan Frakes and my personal favorite, the ever-amazing Edgar Wright). According to previous reports, Rupert Wyatt is being considered along with The Imitation Game's Morten Tyldum, Safe House's Daniel Espinosa, and Fast & Furious 6's Justin Lin. After bowing out of his directorial duties on Star Trek 3, Robert Orci made it very clear that Paramount still intended to release Star Trek 3 on time, and start production next year. Hopefully Duncan Jones removing his name from the short list means we are that much closer to an official director announcement and maybe even some plot details.

Though there isn’t an official release date, Star Trek 3 is aiming to hit theaters in conjunction with Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in 2016. If you want a taste of what might have been, you can see Duncan Jones’ latest project, Warcraft, when it hits theaters on March 11, 2016.

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