Is Jon Chu Directing Star Trek 3? Only if You Like Your Star Trek 3 Not Good.


Jon M. Chu on the set of Step Up 3D (2010) Movie ImageJon Chu is an okay director … if people are jumping around without their shirts or doing wacky hand gestures at the camera, and dumb things like “story” is not a concern to you. As an actual, honest to God movie director who tells a coherent, organically flowing story, he’s, er, less than impressive. His big debut, the two-years in the making “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” had one redeeming scene — the mountain battle between Snake Eyes and a bunch of random, faceless ninjas.

The rest? Meh. I’m hesitant to call much of “Retaliation” absolute garbage, but man, it comes pretty damn close.

So what is Jon Chu doing as a viable contender to direct the third “Star Trek” movie, now that J.J. Abrams has bailed for the “Star Wars” universe? I have absolutely no effin’ clue, but that’s what Latino-Review is saying.

If this is even remotely true, or even has any shred of possibility, I guess Paramount is looking at how much money Chu’s “Retaliation” made — $371 million worldwide, which is just $80 million less than the last “Star Trek” movie, “Into Darkness”. And “Retaliation” did it with $60 million less, budget-wise.

Of course, anyone who has seen “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and loves the rebooted “Trek” franchise is probably hoping this doesn’t actually happen. Anyone who thinks Chu can handle the complexity of a “Trek” movie, with all of its moving parts, is badly mistaken. The dude needs a few dozen more years directing movies where plot and logic are afterthoughts first. Like, say, that “G.I. Joe 3″ he’s already signed up for, or the “Masters of the Universe” movie he’s been attached to forever.

Four or five more movies like those, where he can learn about story and plot and how to make them not be, you know, dumb, and he might be ready for a “Trek” movie.

Zachary Quinto in Star Trek Into Darkess (2013) Movie Image

“The man who directed ‘Step Up’ directing ‘Star Trek 3’? That’s highly illogical.”

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  • Dedpool

    Compared to “Rise of Cobra” Retalliation was a much welcomed event. It was a good movie but it was at least enjoyable. If it wasn’t the crazy action, then it was seeing the vehicles and such come to life. Hell they even managed to make Duke likebable after they made him such an annoyance in “Rise.” That said he is NOT the person you want continuing this franchise.

  • gomugomu

    he’s horrible.

  • Schnydz

    Ughh. Really? Why not what’s his face from District 9?

    • Juggernaut

      It really is too bad and kind of unfair that Abrams is leaving this franchise behind when he has dne so much for the ressurgance of the series and opted to mov to the Star Wars universe. That being said, yes, absolutely Neil Blomkamp would work. Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy), Joe Cornish (Attack The Block), Johnathan Liebsman (Battle: Los Angeles), Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens), Neil Burger (Limitless), Duncan Jones (Moon), the list goes on and on! But Chu?! Really?!?!?!

      • Dedpool

        Blocamp is best choice!!!

  • ErickKwon

    Yeah, while I did like “Retaliation” quite a bit and bought it on Blu-ray (but no director commentary, thank you retailer specific bullshit), Chu needs a bit more time to develop as a storyteller. Unlike other “geeks make good” directors like Abrams or del Toro, he hasn’t quite gotten the handle on playing with a film like those guys have, and unfortunately he’s not quite the visual director that Abrams or del Toro are either. I think after Abrams’ admission that he’s not that big a “Star Trek” fan, the franchise needs someone more familiar with the property, but no one comes to mind.

  • splatt

    why not George Lucas? I don’t think he’s busy

  • Joerg Nezmeskal

    Finally we see a Kirk vs. Spock dance off for Uhura´s love. Can´t wait.