A surprising amount of movement has taken place over the past couple of hours on the third "Star Trek" film over at Paramount Pictures.
First up, it looks like "Thor" scribes Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz will not be taking over scripting duties. Instead, scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in negotiations to return for the third entry.
Orci and Kurtzman penned the 2009 reboot and co-wrote this year's "Into Darkness" with Damon Lindelof. Lindelof will not be returning for the third outing.
With his "Star Wars" commitments, J.J. Abrams isn't back as director but has begun negotiations to produce the film.
Shortly after that came a rumor that "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon M. Chu was the top candidate to take over from Abrams as director on the film. The Huffington Post got in touch with Chu's reps who denied the report.
Shortly after Cinematallica posted a report claiming that Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") is "virtually a lock at this stage in the game".
All this comes as one of the cast, Dr. McCoy himself Karl Urban, talked to IGN about his hope for the third film - sentiments that cite the misgivings quite a few had with 'Into Darkness':
"What I really believe we should do now is strive for originality. Because in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' we took one of the most revered and loved adversaries of the Enterprise and put him in there, and did a story that had all of these wonderful nods to films from the past, and episodes from the past.
I really think that what we should do from here, in my personal opinion, is strive to be original. Strive to be something different and new. You know, let’s not forget that Star Trek as envisioned was about space exploration. And it would be really wonderful to harness the spirit of that and apply it to the next film, so that we do something different than a revenge-based picture."