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Jon M. Chu Rumored To Be in Consideration to Direct STAR TREK 3

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm by Darth Shiva

Star Trek Into Darkness2016 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Star Trek franchise, and to coincide with that golden anniversary year (and with the fact that Star Trek Into Darkness grossed 450 million worldwide this summer), Paramount is hoping to give us Star Trek 3, the follow up to Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).  With J.J. Abrams tied up in his next little project, STAR WARS, the likelihood that he will helm the third installment is unlikely.  As rumors fly about who would or could take his place, the latest up is Jon M. Chu, who most recently directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but also has Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Step Up Retaliation, and Step Up 2: The Streets under his belt.

Jon M. ChuParamount is probably seeing stars in their eyes with Chu, as Retaliation grossed about $372 million worldwide, though I’m sure that they are far from finishing up their top list of directors to go after for this project.  The Star Trek reboot has grossed Paramount over $800 million worldwide and whoever is going to captain this juggernaut is going to have a lot on their plate.  I don’t know if I believe that Chu is the one for the job.  Personally as a fan of Star Trek and J.J. Abrams, I feel like the next director needs to show he has a capacity to make a blockbuster that has substance and isn’t just blowing stuff up (sorry Michael Bay) or is a contributing member of the nerd society (a la Joss Whedon with Avengers or Abrams).  I was a little underwhelmed by Retaliation, though admittedly I saw it in broken 3D so I saw 2 of everything whether I was wearing the glasses or not, but it was a fun summer popcorn film and I’m hoping that Star Trek 3 brings more substance than that.  Especially if it’s going to be the film that is kicking off the 50th Anniversary!  What do you think, does Chu have the chops to get it done?

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