Since J.J. Abrams will be too busy to direct the third film in his rebooted Star Trek series, he will have to hand it off to another director. Since there’s a rumor that Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt might do that, he was asked about it and approves of the idea.
Abrams spoke with HitFix at the Star Trek Into Darkness home video release party and brought up Wyatt’s name.
“He's incredibly talented,” Abrams said. “And we'd be lucky to have someone as talented as Rupert.” However, he said that right now, the production is not at that stage yet. “...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.”
Abrams stressed that it’s “too early to talk details, but there have been a lot of really exciting ideas about what comes next.”
Wyatt is relatively new to Hollywood, having only made one feature before Rise in 2011. He directed 2008’s The Escapist with Damian Lewis and his other credits include the short films Subterrain (2001) and Get The Picture (2004).
HitFix also asked Simon Pegg about Abrams’ influence on the third film and assured fans that Abrams “will still be very much involved.” Abrams did say that he does plan on contributing to the story and working as producer.
Abrams is currently working on Star Wars: Episode VII, which he was hired for in January. The film is slated to be released in 2015.