Roberto Orci is giving up the helm of the USS Enterprise, and will no longer direct the third installment of Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek” franchise, sources confirmed to Variety.
Orci wrote the first two films in the series. The reason for his departure was unclear.
Orci got the helming job after J.J. Abrams had to exit the sequel due to his commitment to direct Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Paramount and Skydance Prods will have to act quickly to secure another director, as “Star Trek 3” is being eyed for a 2016 release.
Orci will remain on the project, however, as a producer with Abrams. Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft of the script.
Deadline Hollywood first reported Orci’s departure, adding that Edgar Wright is one of the potential candidates to fill the director’s chair. Wright is a fan of the “Trek” franchise, having visited the set of the last outing and even helming a shot.
The previous installment, “Star Trek Into Darkness,” grossed $467 million worldwide including $229 million domestically.
Orci is repped by CAA.