‘Star Trek 3′: Roberto Orci is Set as Director

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have written for so many blockbuster franchises (Transformers, Star Trek) and big genre TV shows (Alias, Fringe) by this point, it was inevitable that the pair would eventually want to make the jump to directing some of these splashy tentpoles themselves. The dynamic duo is separating professionally, in order to better pursue such directing opportunities; Kurtzman is currently attached to helm the Spider-Man spinoff film Venom, while Orci is reported to have recently entered official talks for him to call the shots on the next Star Trek movie installment.

While Kurtzman has a feature-length film (People Like Us) and a couple TV episodes under his belt as director, Orci is a newcomer to that world. The latter’s newcomer status in the directing arena is said to have contributed to Paramount Pictures being hesitant to hand Star Trek 3 (as we’ve been calling it) over to Orci. Then again, the writer/producer arguably has as much industry experience as Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams had, when Paramount decided to allow the latter to hold the reins on the third Mission: Impossible film installment back in the mid-aughts.

Which is to say, it’s not shocking that the studio’s heads have started to warm up more and more to the idea of Orci helming the next Star Trek – especially with a desired release date deadline in 2016 (which is the franchise’s 50th anniversary) looming overhead, as further incentive for Paramount to get the ball rolling on this project sooner than later.

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Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

Variety is now reporting that Orci has, in fact, been set to direct Star Trek 3, with other news outlets (like Deadline) confirming as much to be true. Abrams, who is currently getting production started on Star Wars: Episode VII, is still producing this next Star Trek movie. Meanwhile, Orci is putting together a story and script in collaboration with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay: a relative newcomer writing duo, who have also been recruited to reboot the Flash Gordon sci-fi franchise on the big screen.

The last two Star Trek installments – both co-penned and co-produced by Orci – were both overall critical successes, as well as lucrative ventures at the box office. Yet, especially with the last film, Into Darkness, an increasing number of die-hard Trek fans (and even certain cast members) have begun vocalizing their interest in seeing the next movie return to the series’ roots in space exploration and humanism – while still retaining the whiz-bang fun of the Abrams-helmed installments, that is. Orci, as it were, is on the same page as a large chunk of the Star Trek fanbase – in that respect anyway.

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In our interview with him on the Screen Rant Underground Podcast, Orci admitted that he felt that he’d “earned the right to explore new worlds” in Star Trek 3, having retread familiar territory before (see: rebooting the Star Trek universe – literally – with the 2009 installment, then going on to re-imagine Khan with Star Trek into Darkness). That’s not to say there won’t be well-established aliens featured in the next movie, as Orci also indicated that elements touched upon in Into Darkness may be included in the background – like the Cold War tension between the Federation and Klingon Empire. Still, innovation in terms of the story being told, would be quite welcome at this point.

What are your feelings on Orci directing Star Trek 3? Are there any classic alien worlds or characters you’re hoping might be featured in this next installment – or would you rather that this film truly go somewhere that this nearly-50 year old franchise has never gone before?


Star Trek 3 (not the official title) is expected to reach theaters by 2016; we’ll let you know when it has an exact release date.

Source: Variety, Deadline

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  1. Star Trek – Into Darkness was a decent sci-fi movie resembling Star Trek – but was a very poor approximation of what this beloved franchise is all about.

    The more I learn about the works of Roberto Orci, the more I am afraid and pessimistic about this movie.

    Really and truly all his movies are incredibly poorly written.

    i.e. Transporters instead of starships??? there’s no consistency – Spock needs to hang off a rope in shuttle in a blazing volcano? Khan can beam himself onto the Klingon homeworld, yet heroes have to use Starships? Spock screaming Khannnnnn! WTF!!!

  2. After 2 Star Trek movies by JJ I hope they haven’t poisoned the networks or major cable channels against another series. Even though they made record profits for the Star Trek series let’s hope JJ won’t have anything to do with a new series. In my opinion a new Star Trek series needs to be set in the future. Star Trek is about the future, the growth of man and technology. A series set in the 25th to 31st century would reflect this. We don’t need another Enterprise, TOS, TNG, DS9, or Voyager. Personally I liked all the Star Trek series and movies, even Star Trek 5 The Final Frontier except for the two recent films. Several things I didn’t like about the new Star Trek movies was the interior design of the Enterprise, especially the bridge(it was just too busy and way too much white) and Kirk’s easiness with the crew. In the first movie he was way to familiar with them after knowing them only a few hours. The writers unsuccessfully tried to force the characters chemistry from TOS on the audience without success. The best interior of all the Enterprise’s I liked was the Enterprise from Star Trek 6 The Undiscovered Country. JJ should have had the Enterprise interior look like that or very similar except for the updates to the monitors and displays to reflect technology advances in 2009. The bridge set designs went way overboard. I also didn’t care for Engineering. They must have used a real processing plant of some kind for those scenes what with all those pipes. The warp core was a bad design too. And what was up with the Cyborg or Android on the bridge in ST Into Darkness? If they were trying to convince the audience and have them identify with him to bring back fond memories of Data from TNG it didn’t work.