Commander Riker Wants To Direct 'Star Trek 3'

"I say, unabashedly, I'd be great at it and would love to do it"
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Roberto Orci may have stepped down as the director of Paramount’s Star Trek 3, but a replacement may be available from within the Star Trek family. Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation and the subsequent feature films, has volunteered himself for the gig.

“I’m all over it. I’m all over it,” he told KOMO News about the possibility of him directing the follow-up to 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. “I would love that job. I say, unabashedly, I’d be great at it and would love to do it.”

Since his time on screen as the second-in-command of the Enterprise of the 24th Century, Frakes has been active in the industry as a director, with credits on television series including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Castle, Agents of SHIELD and Leverage. More importantly for the purposes of his current quest, he handled the directing chores for 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact and its sequel, Star Trek: Insurrection.

“I’m trying to keep the lid on how excited I am about the possibility, knowing it’s such a long shot,” he admitted (Edgar Wright is reportedly heading up Paramount’s preferred list of directors for the project, scheduled for a 2016 release to coincide with the franchise’s official 50th anniversary), “but there’s nothing I would like better.” Someone, somewhere, is doubtlessly already planning an online campaign in support of the idea, based around footage of Patrick Stewart, Frakes’ former on-screen superior, telling him to “make it so.”

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