Less than one week after Roberto Orci backed away from directing Star Trek 3, Paramount is still searching for a replacement, and at least one filmmaker is campaigning for the job. Jonathan Frakes, best known to Trekkies as Commander Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, revealed that he is aggressively pursuing the project. Aside from playing Riker, Jonathan Frakes is also an accomplished director, helming the features Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager.
There is even a movement on Twitter to bring him on board, with the hashtag #BringInRiker. While he admitted that it's a "longshot" that he gets the job, the filmmaker revealed in an interview with KOMO News that he has reached out to producer J.J. Abrams, while his agent has gotten in touch with Paramount Pictures. Here's what the actor-filmmaker had to say in his interview below.
"Hashtag, BringInRiker! I'm all over it. I'm all over it. I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I'd be great at it and would love to do it. I'm trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it's such a long shot. But there's nothing I would like better."
Our report from last week revealed that Edgar Wright is Paramount's top choice to replace Roberto Orci, but it isn't known if an official offer has been made. While Jonathan Frakes has previously made two Star Trek movies before, he hasn't directed a theatrical feature since 2002's Clockstoppers. He has been more active in television lately, helming episodes of Leverage, Burn Notice, Falling Skies and an upcoming episode of The Librarians. He also directed two of the three TV movies that The Librarians is based on, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines in 2006 and The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice in 2008.