Neil Blomkamp is one of those directors that everyone loves. He’s talented, he’s got a distinct point of view, and he seems like a nice dude. It seems like only a matter of time until he gets snapped up by a franchise. The rumor mill was swirling around left and right just before JJ Abbrams was officially attached to direct Star Wars Episode VII that Blomkamp was in heavy contension. Well, now the rumor mill has set their sites on him being involved with Star Trek 3
To which he replied:
“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.”
To be honest, I totally get it. I’d want to stay away from massive franchises too, if I was him.