Why District 9’s Neill Blomkamp doesn't want to direct Star Trek 3

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Jul 3, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT (Updated)

With J.J. Abrams now busy with all things Star Wars—aka Episode VII—there are doubts the busy director will have the time to boldly direct Star Trek 3. So the million-dollar question is: Who could replace him?

Well, it won’t be Academy Award-nominated District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp. But why?

In a recent interview with the Danish movie site Filmz, Blomkamp was asked about Star Trek. Even though the guy's a major Star Trek fan—make that even a Trekkie—he’s apparently not interested in being involved with the franchise.

"Dude, I used to be a 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' fan. Like, big time... But no, I probably wouldn't do that. I don't know if me getting involved with a franchise is the best thing for me. When studios smell franchises, they smell money. And they'll try to do what they can to the franchise to make it make the most money it can make, and a lot of those interesting ideas kind of fall by the side of the road. So... Do I like 'Star Trek' on its own without the politics of making it? Yes, absolutely. But do I think that you could make it in the way that I would want to make it? Probably not, which makes me not want to make it."

Now that’s a bit of a bummer. Blomkamp would have been great at the helm of the Enterprise. Still, what do you make of the reason why he doesn't want to direct the next Star Trek film? Do you agree with him?

(Filmz via Trek Web)