'Star Trek 3': Roberto Orci No Longer Working on the Script

Roberto Orci no longer writing Star Trek 3?

It was earlier this year when Paramount Pictures set Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness co-screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci to make his directorial debut on the next Star Trek movie (currently known as Star Trek 3). However, over the past month or so, Orci has not only been replaced as helmsman by Justin Lin (Fast Five, Furious 6), but there's now additional evidence suggesting that the Orci co-penned Star Trek 3 script won't be used, as was first rumored shortly after Orci stepped down as director.

Orci's Star Trek 3 screenplay draft, which he completed alongside newcomers/up-and-comers John D. Payne and Patrick McKay earlier this year, is rumored to have revolved around a story where the Vulcans attempt to stop the destruction of their planet via time-travel (a plot device that would explain the return of William Shatner as (old) James Kirk from the original timeline). Paramount studio heads were apparently not so keen on this approach and thus, Orci dropped out out as director in response to these creative differences.

Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, who also provided the aforementioned (abandoned?) Star Trek 3 plot description, has maintained that the Orci/Payne/McKay script is being dropped since Orci left the director's chair on the project (see Faraci's relevant Tweet, below).

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