Joe Cornish Wanted For Star Trek 3 Again

Will he sit in the director's chair this time?

Since kicking off his directing career successfully in 2011 with hoodies-vs-aliens pic Attack The Block, Joe Cornish has been courted for various scripts, including an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and graphic novel Rust (though he's since dropped off the latter). But while both are still in development, he’s been focused on polishing the long-in-the-works Ant-Man screenplay that Edgar Wright is gearing up to make. Now, though, Paramount is pushing for him to take on his biggest job yet: directing Star Trek 3.

Strictly speaking, we should say Paramount is pushing again for Cornish, as he’s been offered the job once before and turned it down. This time, the process has yet to reach the formal offer stage, but the studio has let it be known that he’s currently the top choice.

J.J. Abrams, who made the first two films, is slightly busy with that other “Star” film series, but remains on board as producer, with regular writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci working up ideas for the next instalment. The studio will most likely want the film ready for 2016, which just-so-coincidentally is the 50th anniversary of Kirk, Spock and co’s original mission.

Will Cornish take the job? Do you think he should? And what would you want from a third film?