If Roberto Orci's out, who should direct 'Star Trek 3'?

December 7, 2014 8:11 AM

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Roberto Orci will not be directing Star Trek 3, according to Deadline. Right now, you’re either a normal person asking “Who’s Roberto Orci?” or you’re a Star Trek superfan jumping for joy. Orci has co-written some megablockbusters—Transformers, the JJ Abrams Star Treks, The Amazing Spider-Man 2—and alongside his longtime collaborator Alex Kurtzman he co-created Fringe, the rebooted Hawaii Five-O, and Sleepy Hollow. But he’s been a controversial figure among Trek fandom. After Abrams switched galaxies to tackle the new Star Wars, Orci was on tap to direct the upcoming Star Trek rethreequel. Now it would appear that he’s off the project.

Orci was also writing Star Trek 3 with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. It’s not clear whether the movie will move forward with the current script or if there’s rewriting afoot; it’s generally accepted that Paramount is hoping to release the film in 2016, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary ...

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