Yesterday a rumor surfaced from the Latino-Review that G.I. Joe: Retaliation director John M. Chu was being tagged as the new frontrunner to take over for J.J. Abrams in Star Trek 3, but not only was that rumor quickly debunked and shot down but the real director at the top of Paramount’s list was apparently revealed.
According to both Collider and Cinematallica, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is apparently the new favorite to direct the followup to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness.
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes director has had a hard time getting another project off the ground since he rebooted that particular franchise for Fox and is now happily running into the arms of another ’60s science fiction property. I’m told that Wyatt is virtually a lock at this stage in the game.
The very reliable Collider.com then followed up and backed up the initial report from Cinematallica.
Two developments since that posting. 1) Chu’s representatives denied that their client is up for the project. 2) A new report raised the name Steve has been hearing: Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt.
Since being the man behind the 2011 smash hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Wyatt hasn’t been up to much but he has shown twice now that he has the skill and talent to produce a respectable Star Trek film. Critics and fans loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes but Wyatt’s 2008 film The Escapist shows that he can work low key with talented actors and produce a thrilling and entertaining picture.
Of course, until Paramount confirms Wyatt as director of Star Trek 3, this is all just another big rumor. But unlike previous rumors, Wyatt’s attachment to Star Trek 3 could hold water as it’s starting to look like J.J. Abrams’ stand-in has been found.