In case you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away, you should know that Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams is busy at work on Star Wars: Episode VII. Naturally, this means he will not be returning to direct Star Trek 3, but will be onboard as producer.
A short while ago it was reported that Star Trek 1 and 2 writer and producer Roberto Orci had been campaigning to take over from Abrams as director of Star Trek 3. It would be Orci’s first feature film, and Abrams has championed Orci as being up to the task. Paramount were not quite as enthusiastic to see Orci direct such a massive film as his first feature, and rumours of Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish to direct also surfaced.
However, Orci is a well established writer and producer, who has worked with former partner Alex Kurtzman on numerous big films including Star Trek 1 and 2, Mission: Impossible 3, Transformers 1 and 2, Now You See Me and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Orci announced his split from writing and producing partner Kurtzman last month, so that he could pursue his directing career. The pair will continue to work together on TV series’, but not feature films.
Now Variety reports that Oric’s directing career is about to take off, in a BIG way! Paramount and Skydance confirmed to Variety that Orci has been hired to direct Star Trek 3.
Orci is already co-writing the third Star Trek film and producing with his proteges Patrick McKay and John D. Payne.
Paramount, Skydance and his reps had no comment.
Plot details are unknown, but cast members including Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.