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Five years ago, Paramount successfully rebooted its "Star Trek" franchise with J.J. Abrams film becoming both a commercial and critical hit. Boasting a considerable $150 million budget, "Star Trek" scored an impressive $257 million domestic box-office haul - more than 2.5 times that of the previous record holder "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home".
Yet not everything went smoothly. Overseas audiences dramatically improved for the film series, but the $127 million international haul was not enough to justify such high price tag. Thus along came 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness," an even more costly venture at $190 million.
Reviews for this entry were solid but not as good, especially amongst the original fanbase who kept the franchise running for so long. Whilst Abrams first film had a feel similar to the previous shows and films, 'Into Darkness' pushed into more "Star Wars"-style territory whilst at the same time serving as something of a strange »
- Garth Franklin
Paramount Pictures is still moving forward with Star Trek 3, despite parting ways with director Roberto Orci earlier this month. No reason was given for the departure, but the filmmaker revealed last week that he is still involved with the sequel as they search for a new director. A new report from Badass Digest reveals that Roberto Orci may have parted ways with Paramount because the studio wanted to make the sequel more like Marvel's current box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy.
The site reports that there are two different stories floating around about Roberto Orci's last days on Star Trek 3, one is that he quit because he refused to address the studio's notes on the script, which was also dumped, and the other is that Paramount actually pulled the plug on the project a month ago, engaging in talks with other filmmakers before officially announcing that Roberto Orci has stepped away. »
Yesterday we learned that Paramount Pictures is looking to hire one of these five directors to direct Star Trek 3: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of those directors I'd love to see Jones take on the project, but he's probably going to be busy developing Warcraft. Wyatt is the next best choice, and perhaps he's the studio's favorite as he just made The Gambler with Mark Wahlberg for them. Thanks to Badass Digest, we have some information on why the previously attached director, Roberto Orci, is no longer attached. One of those reasons was because the studio wanted Star Trek 3 to be more like Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and Orci wasn't on board with the idea so he walked.
The site reports that Orci »
- Joey Paur
With series writer Roberto Orci vacating the director's chair of Star Trek 3 we've seen a rumour about Edgar Wright stepping up and some optimistic noises from Jonathan Frakes, who volunteered to throw his hat into the ring. Deadline, however, believe they've unearthed Paramount's true current directors shortlist for the as-yet untitled film. The names they've jotted down are Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin and Duncan Jones (Wright and Frakes are conspicuous by their absence).Jones has already counted himself out. Sounding somewhat shellshocked from his massive Warcraft experience, he tweeted: "Very flattering being on shortlist for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next or I'll die of old age."Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age!— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon »
Paramount appears to be moving quickly to firm up just who will be directing the next Star Trek film. A week or two back, it was revealed that Roberto Orci - for reasons thus far unknown - wouldn't be taking the job on after all. Since then, it's been rumoured that Edgar Wright was the favourite to do so instead.
But maybe not. Over at Deadline, it's put together what it believes to be the current shortlist of candidates, and Edgar Wright's name is nowhere to be seen.
Instead? Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Justin Lin (lots of Fast & Furious films), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) are reportedly been considered. Deadline has also suggested that Moon and Source Code »
There has been a lot of chatter over who will be directing Star Trek 3 after Robert Orci stepped down. While Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes wasn.t shy about his desire to direct the new Star Trek film, for quite a while Edgar Wright was leading the pack of directors on the shortlist to helm the third film. Now we.ve got a new list of potential directors from Paramount, and it seems to be a new batch of names entirely including Rupert Wyatt, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Justin Lin, and Duncan Jones. As Deadline reports, Paramount has released the names of five men being considered to fill Orci.s former role as director. Sitting on the top of the list isn.t Edgar Wright, but instead director Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt most recently worked with Mark Whalberg on his new film, The Gambler, but Wyatt is certainly no stranger to »
Since Roberto Orci stepped away from the director's chair for Star Trek 3, we've heard a rumor that Edgar Wright was wanted for the job. Then Star Trek: First Contact director Jonathan Frakes threw his name into the hat hoping to get the job. Now we have a list of five directors that are currently in the running to take on the challenge. Those directors include: Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious), and Duncan Jones (Moon, Warcraft).
Out of this current list, which comes from Deadline, my favorite choice is Duncan Jones. I think he's the most talented of the bunch, and could really bring something new, fun, and unique to the franchise that none of those other directors could bring. My second choice would be Wyatt, because he did do a great job »
- Joey Paur
It seems that Paramount Pictures has wasted little time in the search for a new director on Star Trek 3 following Roberto Orci’s decision to step down from the helm, and despite the best efforts of a fan campaign to #BringRikerIn, Jonathan Frakes is absent from the shortlist…
According to Deadline, the studio has already met with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), although Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) and Duncan Jones (Source Code) are all on Paramount’s shortlist. Initially, it was also though that Edgar Wright (The World’s End) was in contention, although he’s absent from this latest list.
Who would you like to see directing Star Trek 3 from those names above? Let us know your thoughts…
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- Gary Collinson
Moon director Jones was mentioned as a contender in the outlet's report, but he has refuted any involvement with the project on Twitter.
"Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won't be doing it. Absolutely Must make my own thing next, or I'll die of old age," he wrote.
I really want a good Star Trek movie. So far, this rebooted, J.J. Abrams helmed version of the Enterprise has done next to nothing for me. Star Trek Into Darkness was particularly disheartening. However, these movies have been making decent money, so this is the direction we will continue to go. Because Abrams is off waking up the force (which really does not like someone waking it up; it's quite cranky), a new director is needed to take over. For awhile, screenwriter Roberto Orci was going to make his directorial debut with Star Trek 3, but he recently dropped out of the project, just staying on as a producer. Deadline is reporting Paramount has a shortlist of five directors they are looking at. On the top of the list is Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), with Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code »
- Mike Shutt
A couple weeks ago, we got the joyous news that Roberto Orci would not be directing Star Trek 3. Although Edgar Wright's name was floated as a possible replacement, five other choices have emerged with Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt as the frontrunner. Paramount is apparently high on Wyatt for the gig, and he's met with the studio. But Deadline reports there are four other directors who might be steering the Starship Enterprise to its new destination. Hit the jump for more on Paramount's candidates for their Star Trek 3 director. Paramount is aiming to release the film in 2016, which would mark the series 50th anniversary. [Update: One of the directors has taken himself out of the running. More after the jump.] According to Deadline, Paramount is also considering Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 3 – 6), and Duncan Jones (Source Code). Breaking down the choices, Tyldum could become a very hot director depending on »
- Matt Goldberg
One of the most pressing questions that arose when Disney confirmed that J.J. Abrams was on board to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the future of Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek franchise. In particular, fans were understandably apprehensive as to who will helm the upcoming Star Trek 3 in Abrams’ steed, and the studio quickly turned to long-time writer Robert Orci to take up the directing mantle.
However, in a surprising turn of events, we learned recently that Orci had exited the threequel, stepping down from director to produce alongside Abrams. And it seems Paramount has wasted no time in finding a replacement, as Deadline is reporting that both the studio and Abrams have whittled down their search to five key candidates: Justin Lin, Morten Tyldum, Daniel Espinosa, Duncan Jones, and Planet of the Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt.
It’s a promising line-up, no doubt, but there are »
- Michael Briers
Paramount Pictures decided against hiring Roberto Orci to direct their upcoming sequel Star Trek 3, despite the studio getting ready for an early 2015 start date. The race is on to find a new director. And now, Paramount and producer J.J. Abrams have narrowed their search down to five contenders. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is at the top of the list.
Also being considered to direct the sequel, which J.J. Abrams left behind to focus on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are Morten Tyldum, who just released The Imitation Game in time for awards season. Daniel Espinosa, director of Safe House who just wrapped on Child 44 with Tom Hardy. Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, who became available after The Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner was pushed back to make way for Matt Damon's return. And finally, Duncan Jones, the director behind Source Code and Moon. »
The four are Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes"), Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"), Justin Lin ("Fast Five") and Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House"). Wyatt, whose mose recent film "The Gambler" is about to hit cinemas, is reportedly at the top of the list and has apparently had a meeting already.
Scheduling is where issues lie. Espinosa is slated to helm "Boston Strong" next, Lin on the other hand has had his "Bourne" sequel pushed back so that could leave room for him to take on 'Trek'. Wyatt and Tydlum are still in early development of their next projects.
- Garth Franklin
Jason Reitman is in desperate need of a career bump. His last two films, Labor Day and Men, Women, and Children, felt like they were made my someone who did not know why he was making them. This is shame coming from the guy who made Up in the Air, which I rewatched recently and is still vibrant and specific. Thankfully, Reitman will be stepping back into dramedy territory with I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, based on a rather unusual Texas Monthly article. The story follows a Texas family who pull off two rather impressive bank heists. Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) will come on to pen the screenplay. Jason's poppa Ivan Reitman will produce the film. The two have not worked together since Up in the Air, so hopefully, they can create that same magic once again with this film. Reitman is in need of some quality. »
- Mike Shutt
Somehow, the sloppily assembled, unfunny "Let's Be Cops" earned over $120 million worldwide (Wtf), and since money talks in Hollywood, that means director Luke Greenfield gets to level up. And so he shall, setting up the movie "Slingshot," which is said to be in the spirit of "E.T." and "Back To The Future." No other plot details are available just yet, but let's just hope a little more craft is put into that effort. [Deadline] Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House," "Snabba Cash") has been tapped to direct "Boston Strong." The project was once set to star Casey Affleck, who has since dropped out of the movie that "follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events." “The Fighter” writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, but no word yet on when production might begin. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
How soon is too soon? 20th Century Fox is already developing Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s still-unpublished Boston Strong, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, into a feature film, and now we’re hearing that the project is close to gaining a helmer – Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is in talks to direct. It’s not all good news for the film, however, seeing as the previously attached Casey Affleck has reportedly dropped out.
Espinosa, who is currently putting the finishing touches on Soviet Union-set period thriller Child 44, has been extremely in demand since directing Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the aforementioned 2012 action-thriller. His name has also recently come up in association with the Jo Nesbo adaptation Blood on Snow and John Grisham pic The Racketeer, though he’s not officially attached to either project.
As for Affleck, the star became attached to star and produce in October, but »
- Isaac Feldberg
Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic
"12 Years a Slave" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen is teaming with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has reportedly been keen on doing the project for years but is only now able to do so.
The project is different from the biopic that Four Stars International has been developing in recent years which had David Harewood on board at one time to play Robeson. [Source: Variety]
The Hunt for El Chapo
"Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to has been tapped to helm "The Hunt for El Chapo," the true story tale of the capture earlier this year of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka. El Chapo). Craig Borten is developing the script based on Patrick Keefe's New Yorker article from earlier this year.
El Chapo rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s »
- Garth Franklin
Just last month, we learned that Casey Affleck was tapped to star in Boston Strong, an adaptation of the book of the same name by by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the titular city's reaction to the Patriot Day bombing of the Boston Marathon and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. However, as 20th Century Fox has picked up the script by The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, it has been revealed that a deal with Affleck could not be reached, and he's no longer involved. However, the project does have a new director in talks to help move the project along. Read on! Variety reports Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is now in talks to tackle the real-life drama that was once planned to be a miniseries, but ended up turning into a feature film. The rights to »
- Ethan Anderton
Boston Strong has found a director and lost a star. First, the positive news: Safe House director Daniel Espinosa has entered talks to helm the 20th Century Fox drama, which follows the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. And now, the bad news: Casey Affleck has just dropped out of the lead role, after attaching himself […]
- Angie Han
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