Star Trek 3

Star Trek Into Darkness

Roberto Orci has officially been hired to direct Star Trek 3 out of the darkness. It will be the first directorial gig for the co-author of a large amount of blockbuster movies, and you don’t have to look far to find people complaining about the choice, either because of his inexperience in that particular folding chair or because of his name in general. A few scattered editorials and fist-clenching comments on Twitter defend the choice or warn all of us to exercise caution, and while the dramatics are fun (in the usual way that any blockbuster speculation this far out is “fun”), there’s something everyone is forgetting: It doesn’t matter who directs Star Trek 3.

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After the terribly disappointing Star Trek Into Darkness, there may be hope for the next installment in the very good possibility that Joe Cornish will direct Star Trek 3. Yesterday, Deadline exclusively reported the rumor, whatever that really means, and ever since I’ve been trying to imagine what this development could mean. A lot of fans of both Cornish and Trek have been debating the pros and cons of the pairing. Cornish is too inexperienced as a director, some say. He shouldn’t waste his time with a franchise threequel, others argue. Well, I am optimistic for a few reasons. One is that we’ll probably get more Simon Pegg‘s Scotty, because Cornish and Pegg go way back — he helmed behind-the-scenes docs for Pegg and Edgar Wright films and also scripted The Adventures of Tintin, which featured voice work from the actor. And maybe he could find a role for Pegg’s buddy Nick Frost, who acted in Cornish’s sole feature directorial effort, Attack the Block. Mostly, though, it could be a lighter, more humorous episode. Not just if that reunion happened, but because of the Star Trek stuff Cornish has done in the past. Namely the TNG parody from The Adam and Joe Show that you can watch after the jump.

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There’s a lot to like about the Star Trek franchise ever since it got its JJ Abrams-led reboot. Visually, the property has never looked better, the current cast may be the most talented that’s ever been assembled for a Star Trek crew, and there’s certainly now more sex-appeal and action thrills popping up in this universe than there ever has been before. That doesn’t mean that new Star Trek is a total improvement over the old Star Trek though. Fans new and old have had a handful of complaints about the last two Trek films, and a lot of them have revolved around their scripts, which were largely credited to Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. Sure, they made for exciting stories, but they were also the sloppy sorts of narratives that didn’t pay much attention to plugging plot holes, and they were kind of lacking in that specific Trek-ness in an undefinable way. A report coming out of Badass Digest is suggesting that the third Star Trek film in this rebooted universe may either benefit or suffer from being handled by someone else’s pens though. According to their sources, for whatever reason, Kurtzman and Orci have been instrumental in bringing two new writers on to the project, and two writers who have both genre film experience as well as experience working with Bad Robot to boot.

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Pacific Rim

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a collection of all the things you’ll be talking about tomorrow with your friends. Assuming you have friends. We hope you do. If not, we’ll be your friend. We begin this evening with the first image from Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, featuring Idris Elba looking badass in a suit that, if our guess is right, allows him to control giant robots or something. Everything about this film makes it a giant, sloppy, wet orgy for nerds. We cannot wait.

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