Joe Cornish May Direct Star Trek 3. Joe Cornish may be taking over the directing duties of J. J. Abrams for Star Trek 3. J. J. Abrams will be busy with Star Wars 7 for the next two years and will be unavailable for per-production and the directing duties for Star Trek 3. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions do not want to wait three or four years for J.J. Abrams to be free to direct the third Star Trek installment. Joe Cornish directing Star Trek 3 is all speculation at this point. Nothing is confirmed.
On Joe Cornish:
Cornish has made a number of behind the scenes documentaries/video diaries. They include Cornish following the making of Little Britain series 2, which was screened on BBC Three and is included on the Little Britain Series 2 DVD; a video diary of his brief cameo as a zombie, which appears on the UK Shaun of the Dead DVD; and ‘Hot Fuzz’: The Fuzzball Rally, where he followed his friends and collaborators, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg on the US press tour for their film, Hot Fuzz.
There have been two cuts of the Fuzzball Rally: a 28-minute version was included on the Hot Fuzz HD DVD (UK/US) and a 71-minute version was included on both the 3-Disc Collectors Edition DVD (US) and the Blu-ray Disc (US/UK) of Fuzz. The documentary caused the latter’s certification to be changed from a 15 certificate to an 18 certificate, due to the Very Strong Language the documentary contains.
Cornish has continued his work in television comedy, directing parts of the pilot of Modern Toss, and the pilot to Channel 4’s Blunder. According to an interview in Word Magazine, he pulled out of directing the series of Blunder due to creative differences with Channel 4 and the production company. In early 2007 he directed the video for Charlotte Hatherley’s single I Want You To Know.
On 13 May 2011, Optimum released Attack the Block, Cornish’s directorial debut, which was executive produced by his friend and collaborator, Edgar Wright, and produced by Film4, Big Talk Pictures, The UK Film Council and StudioCanal. The film is a science fiction action comedy horror film set in South London that pitches a gang of youths against an alien invasion. The film initially had no US distributor, but after the reaction of the press and attendees at the SXSW premiere, the US rights were purchased by Screen Gems for theatrical release on 29 July 2011.
Variety quotes Optimum Releasing’s Will Clarke as saying: “Attack the Block is one of the most inventive and entertaining scripts we have ever read and a great project to kick off the relationship.”
In June 2012, it was announced that Cornish had been signed as director of a future film adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s classic 1992 novel, Snow Crash for Paramount Studios.
…Cornish followed by being one of the writers on The Adventures Of Tin Tin, and he and Edgar Wright wrote the script for Ant-Man, the Marvel Studios film that Wright is going to direct.
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