After weeks of rumors, Paramount has put to rest the idea of Attack the Block director (and co-mastermind behind the best James Bond theme) Joe Cornish directing the next entry in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise.
The studio has also announced that first-time screenwriters Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne will pen the script with Roberto Orci. Alex Kurtzman, one half of the infamous Orci-Kurtzman duo, is currently unattached to the project.
Also currently unattached is a director of any kind; J.J. Abrams is trying to meet Disney’s projected 2015 date for Star Wars Episode VII, which means he’ll likely be unable to meet Paramount’s 2016 date for Star Trek 3.
Well, Joe Cornish isn’t directing and the new writers have done nothing before this. If keeping tabs on this production wasn’t part of my job, I’d just check out right now and start paying attention again in 3 years.[Source: Variety]