‘Star Trek 3′ Orbits Director Joe Cornish

With director J.J. Abrams exiting “Star Trek 3″ to focus on “Star Wars,” Paramount and Skydance have set their sights on “Attack the Block” helmer Joe Cornish.

No formal offer has been made and Cornish could pass on the project a second time. He last turned down the sci-fi tentpole in May.

Roberto Orci is currently penning the script for “Star Trek 3″ with Abrams still on as a producer along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.

Plot details have not been unveiled yet.

Paramount and Skydance want the film to begin production sometime next summer so a choice had to be picked before the script could be finished. Plus, the chosen filmmaker could offer their input.

Cornish is attached to a handful of pics since breaking out with his cult hit “Attack the Block” but has yet to use that momentum to get his next film up and running. Cornish has also co-written several high-profile scripts including Marvel’s “Ant-man” with Edgar Wright.

He is repped by CAA.

Deadline Hollywood broke the news.

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