Back in May it was confirmed that Roberto Orci, producer on both of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek film, would direct the third installment. Coming from a huge recommendation by Abrams himself (who will produce the third film), Orci was hired by Paramount to make Star Trek 3 his debut directing feature. Orci would also produce and co-write the film.
With the film due in cinemas in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, losing its director now is a serious problem, but sadly Orci has left the project.
Deadline reported the news:
Roberto Orci is beaming off the bridge of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek 3. Rampant rumors are swirling and I’ve confirmed there is fire behind the smoke that he won’t be directing.
Orci will stay on as producer and co-writer, however further news has revealed that the issue Orci had with Star Trek 3 was the script, and this is why he has stepped down as director.
While it does leave the highly anticipated third film in turmoil for now, Paramount will be moving quick to find a new director, and already names have been flying around.
Most exciting is that Edgar Wright’s name has been mentioned, but there is also Joe Cornish, who came very close to getting the job before Orci.
Whoever does get the job, it is a huge responsibility. Not only will they be stepping into Abrams’ shoes, or directing a third Star Trek film, but it will also be the Star Trek film to celebrate 50 years of the classic series, and fans will be wanting something very special indeed.
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.