Speaking at a release party for the Blu-ray and DVD release of Star Trek into Darkness, J.J. Abrams shared his thoughts on a potential candidate for the director’s chair in Star Trek 3.
Rumor has it that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is going to be tapped for that position.
“He’s incredibly talented,” said Abrams of Wyatt, “and we’d be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert. But there are things we’re focusing on right now before the director, which is just sort of the fundamentals of where the story is gonna go.
“It’s too early to talk about details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next.”
Abrams told Collider that he’s a little sad to be giving up the director’s chair. “It’s a little bittersweet,” he said. “But, I will say that I’m going to be producing the movie. Whomever it is that directs the film will be someone we all know is going to keep the cast and crew in good hands. I feel very lucky to have been part of it, and it definitely feels like the right time to let someone come in and do their own thing. I certainly don’t want someone to come in and try to do what I would have done. We want to hire someone who’s gonna come in and bring their own sensibility. I’m very excited to see what comes next, despite feeling jealous of whomever that person is.”
Abrams is grateful to have been involved in the Star Trek franchise. “I feel lucky to have been involved in something that has meant so much to so many people,” he said. “You can’t please everybody all the time but we did the best we could to tell a story that was funny and exciting and surprising and full of adventure that tried to honor the things that came before it but also blaze a new trail.
“The most important thing is that it makes it feel more real when you’re actually shooting something that is real. There’s a tendency to use green screen and then put things in later. It was quite important to us that we, as much as possible, have practical sets because our eye can tell when something is tangible and real and when it’s not.”
For fans eager for news of the third movie, Abrams said that “we’re working on the story now.”