I think its way too soon to say who will be directing future ST or SW movies until the ones that JJ have been contracted to do have been made.
Afterall, the proof is in the pudding. If these movies fail I bet both companies will find a way to release him from these contracts.
I would like say, though, if JJ is doing all these new, hot movies, that doesn't leave any room for any up and coming directors. Which is a pity. Being a creative all my life, I have always believed in giving new talent a chance...it's only fair.
And second, if I was Paramount and I found out what JJ was pulling, he'd be fired plain and simple. Working on these two movies is a conflict of interest and I, as a producer, would feel betrayed. It's about ethics. I'd even do it to Spielberg if did this to me.
How do you figure this is a conflict of interest? Maybe to nerds around the world who can't
like both ST & SW, but not to movie studios.
Directors are never tied down to one studio.
And it looks as if Bad Robot will still be co-producing the next Trek film (if there is one, and I assume there will be). No conflict of interest.
TMP was made (rather than a new series) because Paramount wanted to compete with 20th Century Fox's hot new property. The whole reason Trek got into the film business was to compete with Star Wars.
and Star Wars
are most visible and lucrative sci-fi franchises in history. They are the Coke and Pepsi of Sci-Fi.
Would it be a conflict of interest if the Chairman of marketing ofr Pepsi announced that he would be helming Coke's new marketing campaign?
There is an argument to be had that it is an ethical conflict of interest.
My contention, however, is that what really matters is that it does amount to a conflict in terms of time, creativity, and attention. Star Wars is HUGE. JJ will really need to focus on this property. Ethical or not, there are only so many hours in a day.