J.J. Abrams Endorses Director Rupert Wyatt for ‘Star Trek 3’

Abrams is ready to pass the baton as he takes on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, hinting at the plot of ‘Star Trek 3’.

With Star Wars: Episode VII taking longer in the pre-production process than anyone expected, its almost a certainty that Star Trek 3 will have a new director. While no one has signed on yet, Paramount is chomping at the bit to possibly get this sequel into theaters by 2015. We've heard a rumor that Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is the top choice.

Now, J.J. Abrams, director of 2009's Star Trek and this past summer's Star Trek Into Darkness, has gone on record, endorsing this decision. Though he doesn't confirm anything, revealing that they need to figure out the fundamentals of the story before they can make an offer for someone to direct.

Here's what he told Hitfix about the prospects of hiring Rupert Wyatt.

"I know Rupert and he's incredibly talented, and we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we're focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go."

He then confirmed that the plot will pick up right where Star Trek Into Darkness ended, with the crew of the USS Enterprise setting out on its 5 year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before.

"I plan to be involved in the story, and producing the film. I feel very blessed to be involved at all. This film ends with the beginning of the five-year mission, so we would be following that. It's too early to be discussing details, but there are some really exciting ideas about what comes next."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Star Trek 3 comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Idris Elba. The film is directed by Justin Lin.

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  1. James Brown

    " Star Trek III : Back to TV "

    2 years agoby @James-Brown-48475056Flag

  2. gumperman

    @CoreyB I agree, I wish Abrams would direct the third one as well and also that Matt Reeves is a good storyteller.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  3. WongFu

    Great choice, once Wars is done, I hope JJ makes his third film in the beginning of a new trilogy.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  4. Zak Lee Ferguson

    No Ego. No Ego Here.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  5. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Rupert is the most notable and has notability for his character work and blockbusting chomps. This is exciting news and for him to have a next generation of Trek helmers is very honourable and humbling for Mr. JJ. for doing this and being this genuine and superb.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  6. GROND29

    Good writers and a good story are paramount at this stage (no pun intended). A good director cannot save a film from a crappy script, just look at Prometheus. Star Trek Into Darkness was nowhere near as good as the first film for the same reasons.

    2 years agoby @grond29Flag

  7. Josh

    Good choice. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of the biggest surprises of that year. Really solid action director that balances character and spectacle and theme.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  8. Gandoff

    As we all know, movie directors are never 100% sure until the film is in theaters. As we have seen with the Hobbit, del Toro was to direct. But then stepped away and LOTR's GOD Peter Jackson stepped back in. So yes, JJ has stepped away. For now. But even if he is gone, sooner or later on a franchise such as Star Trek, where it is not a set story from a book, will have to have a new director. But I would have loved to see JJ do them both. He could, but it would be a lot of work and stress for sure.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  9. SherlockHolmes2009

    Sounds like a good choice but I prefer JJ to do it

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  10. OhhmeohhMy

    Well @therealGoku i wish he would have done Star Trek and Star Wars. But it is what it is. I will be fine with it if Rupert does a good job. and that's where i agree with you @sean. Its a lost for Star Trek. but if it can gain somthing good in return. it will be fine. and Star Wars will be AMAZING. so people. Chill...

    2 years agoby @OhhmeohhMyFlag

  11. CoreyB

    @gumperman Matt reeves is a Great storyteller... Plus he is very tight w Jj already... Sad to hear ABrams can't finish out what is the almost end of an awesome "trilogy"

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  12. The Real Goku

    God dammit JJ!! I thought you were doing both!!! Star Wars & Star Trek! Lol

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

  13. Sean

    I hope he will do as good of a job on it as J.J. Abrams would do on it!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  14. gumperman

    Hmmm. I would rather Matt Reeves did it, but Rupert Wyatt could be good I guess? I'm only familiar with his work on ROTPOTA.

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

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