Lately, good news for “Star Wars” fans has meant bad news for Trekkies. For example, when J.J. Abrams signed on to direct “Episode VII,” it seemed inevitable that he would relinquish his helming duties on a third “Trek,” but a new report from Deadline could spell very good news for those faithful to the Starship Enterprise.
According to the site, Joe Cornish is Paramount’s pick to replace Abrams for the untitled third film in the rebooted “Star Trek” series or, as we’re calling it, “Star Trek Into Even More Darkness.”
What’s interesting about that pick is that Cornish has directed only one movie, the stellar “Attack the Block,” but his name has been tied to a bundle of other exciting projects, mostly in association with his friend Edgar Wright.
Cornish and Wright wrote Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” along with “Sherlock” scribe Steven Moffa. And the duo have teamed up again for “Ant-Man,” Wright’s next directorial effort and the Marvel Studios movie scheduled to immediately proceed “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” If that wasn’t enough geek cred for one man, Cornish also been working on presenting an adaptation of the science-fiction classic by Neal Stephenson, “Snow Crash,” to Paramount.
The “Trek” movie would be a smart one all around for the studio because with a talent and sensibility like Cornish’s, it’s only a matter of time before he hits it big. “Attack the Block” was a perfect statement of style for a directorial debut. Cornish followed characters that we hadn’t seen a million times before — the residents of a low-rent London English apartment building — portrayed them realistically, and threw them into a hilarious science-fiction scenario.
When J.J. Abrams left behind directing duties for another galaxy far, far away, “Star Trek” lost one of its most defining characteristics. Bringing on Cornish could ensure a fresh approach from someone with the geek cred and talent to back it up.