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Roberto Orci Confirmed As Star Trek 3's Director
Commanding the Enterprise's next voyage

14 May 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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With J.J. Abrams off in that galaxy far, far away, Paramount wasn’t willing to put the Star Trek franchise into dry dock and wait for the producer/director to be available again to oversee the Enterprise. So for a while now, word has been spreading that Roberto Orci is after the big gig for the third film, and Variety brings news that he’s now hammering out a deal to do just that.

Despite never having directed a film before, Orci has been screenwriter, producer or both on plenty of big projects, including the Transformers films, Cowboys & Aliens, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Mission: Impossible III and, of course, both of Abrams' Star Trek films. Audience feelings towards his work with long-time co-writer/producer Alex Kurtzman have been mixed, however, and the news won’t exactly be greeted with universal joy.

Orci and Kurtzman, who have announced that they’re ending their partnership to focus on solo projects, with Kurtzman looking to make Spidey spin-off Venom, are currently writing Star Trek 3 alongside J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The plot is naturally being kept a secret for now.

While no official casting has been announced, expect the regular crew led by Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and company, to return. There’s also no official release date yet, but we figure Paramount would want it ready for 2016, which happens to be the 50th anniversary of Kirk and co.


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Congratulations Mr Orci.Heres to what will hopefully be a great 50th anniversary Star Trek film in 2016! More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:17 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

well if he is to blame for the second transformers movie he owes me 17 dollars and 2 and abit hours. So wont be wasting another 17 dollars More

Posted by tony00 at 19:41 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Roberto Orci Confirmed As Star Trek 3's Director
Horrible writer with a horrible ego. Now in the director's chair.... good work Paramount. More

Posted by rich at 19:04 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

could go either way
The fact he wrote the first two Transformers films fills me with dread - but he did write the first two Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible 3 which was by far the best Mission: Impossible film. He's been working with J.J Abrams for a long time now so I think he should be able to slip into his shoes rather well. It will be his first time directing but there's a first time for everything right? It's good to expect that he'll be as good as J.J but we won't be sure until the film comes out. More

Posted by Aaronpod777 at 17:02 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

could go either way
The fact he wrote the first two Transformers films fills me with dread - but he did write the first two Star Trek films and Mission: Impossible 3 which was by far the best Mission: Impossible film. He's been working with J.J Abrams for a long time now so I think he should be able to slip into his shoes rather well. It will be his first time directing but there's a first time for everything right? It's good to expect that he'll be as good as J.J but we won't be sure until the film comes out. More

Posted by Aaronpod777 at 17:02 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

RE: Good
Look, cards on the table time: personally I think that both Orci and Alex Kurtzman are terrible writers, but their films are successful and therefore they're never short of work. But my issue with the announcement is this - Orci has a long, undeniably successful creative career, as a writer, producer, creator etc. But nowhere can I find any evidence that he's ever directed anything (has he?). Why on earth would a first-time director, however well connected, be entrusted with such a major projec More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 16:25 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

Good
This confirms I won't be wasting two hours on this when it comes out, beguiling 4-star reviews be damned! More

Posted by thechair at 13:20 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

Nice!
Here's hoping we get some alternative universe Fringe madness... or an all out battle! More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 10:17 on 14 May 2014 | Report This Post

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