J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team have been lobbying Paramount hard on this controversial choice.
J.J. Abrams is in favor of this, but Paramount is being cautious as they don't want to hand the franchise over to a first time director.
The director is no longer interested in taking over for J.J. Abrams on this upcoming sequel. Rupert Wyatt or Jon M. Chu may be next in line for the job.
They will craft the script alongside Roberto Orci. Director Joe Cornish is high on the studio's list for the sequel, although an offer hasn't been made.
J.J. Abrams is out due to his involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII. Paramount doesn't have a deal with the Ant-Man writer just yet.
Abrams is ready to pass the baton as he takes on Star Wars: Episode VII, hinting at the plot of Star Trek 3.
Co-writer Damon Lindelof is not returning to write the follow-up to this summer's blockbuster Star Trek Into Darkness.
The news comes just weeks after the filmmaker was confirmed to direct G.I. Joe 3, which may cause a scheduling conflict for the director.
Star Zachary Quinto makes the bold claim that this sequel will be released alongside Star Wars: Episode VII in 2015.
The filmmaker is reportedly one of the top contenders to replace J.J. Abrams for the return of this sci-fi franchise.
The screenwriter hints that Benedict Cumberbatch may return, if he survives Star Trek Into Darkness, while Zachary Quinto talks about returning without J.J. Abrams.
The director of these two huge sci-fi franchise says that he may still direct the next Star Trek, and that George Lucas is always nearby.