Robert Orci is currently in talks to direct the upcoming Star Trek 3, Deadline is reporting. Orci has writing credit on all three Star Trek reboot films, as well as numerous writer and producer credits on several major geek film franchises.
Orci recently split with longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman, with whom he’s done work on The Amazing Spider-Man and Transformers movies as well as the Star Trek reboots, though they still apparently work on TV projects together (Sleepy Hollow, Fringe, Alias, Hawaii Five-O). Orci also has producer credit on many of those films and TV shows, but this would be his first time directing.
The exit of director JJ Abrams from the franchise left Paramount in the lurch when he left to direct the new Star Wars film.
“Star Trek 3″ will boldly go where no man has gone before.
Director Roberto Orci promises that the latest installment of the rebooted franchise will stay true to its roots as it heads back to deep space.
“In this movie, they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen,” Orci said during a podcast for Geoff Boucher’s Humans From Earth. “They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.”
This means the USS Enterprise will explore the universe rather than the San Francisco cityscape, which fans took issue with in previous installments.
“In ['Into Darkness'] they set out finally where the original series started,” he said during the interview. “The first two films – especially the 2009 ['Star Trek'] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.”
The sequel marks Orci’s directorial debut. Orci, who co-wrote the first two movies, will also help pen “Star Trek 3.” He co-wrote “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ and the first two “Transformers” movies.
A new report from Deadline states that Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3. He will stay on as a producer.
Orci took over directing the third Star Trek film following the departure of Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams. His latest project is spearheading a cinematic universe for Universal’s classic monster properties, including remakes for The Mummy, The Wolf Man and Van Helsing. Star Trek 3 would have been his first turn behind the camera as director, though his credits as producer and writer are vast, covering everything from TV’s Scorpion to Michael Bay’s Transformers.
Deadline reports that a short list of directors includes “Edgar Wright and others” as options to step in to head up the third film in the modern Star Trek film franchise.