The Star Trek 3 director job is still very much up for grabs and it looks like Paramount is narrowing down its selection.
Update: Duncan Jones has tweeted that he won’t be pursuing the gig. “Very flattering being on short list for Star Trek, but won’t be doing it. Absolutely MUST make my own thing next, or I’ll die of old age!”
Deadline reports that five names are on the list, including Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Duncan Jones (Moon), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) and Justin Lin (Fast and Furious 6).
The site notes that Wyatt looks like the frontrunner at the moment, stating that the “Studio is high on and has met with” the director, who has Mark Wahlberg drama The Gambler close to release. They also note that scheduling conflicts may take some of these names out of the running, as Espinosa is set to make Boston Strong and Jones is still deep in production on Warcraft.
However, they do point out that Edgar Wright is no longer being mentioned. Boo.
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