Roberto Orci Will No Longer Direct ‘Star Trek 3’


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.

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  1. Spock's Shadow says:

    Lots of backstory being rumbled about regarding serious tensions between Paramount and Bad Robot Productions, with much scuttlebutt that Bad Robot has actually *never* had a formal greenlight from the studio. Story Orci co-wrote with his new team has been scrapped, and preproduction work going on in Vancouver has been shuttered for several weeks now. Rumblings for the project right now are not good, as in it may actually be at risk. Other factors involving Paramount/CBS warfare over Trek rights and non-compete agreements expiring in January may be at play. Bottom line, things are not happy in the Trek world right now. Anything coming out for 50th anniversary may be a crapshoot right now.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    There is only one person who can do this right: JONATHAN FRAKES! “Riker” has the best record with the franchise. Why choose someone who has “visited the set, and helmed a shot” over the man who directed First Contact?!

  3. Glenn B. says:

    GOOD. Perhaps now they’ll hire a director for the director position.

  4. Dan Ferguson says:

    just as long as they don’t get getting bay to direct this i’m ok with whatever

  5. Bark Star says:

    Thats one incompetent ass removed from it. Now if they can stop him from “writing” and throw out Abrams, this may actually go somewhere.

  6. As great as it would be for all of us Trekkies to have Jonathan Frakes direct, I find it unlikely. The new Star Trek movies have been pretty big hits, and Frakes is a pretty small fish for such a big pond.

    Instead, I’d suggest a better known director, one who also has some previous Trek experience, Bryan Fuller.

    • Fuller’s work on Voyager is enough to get a “no” vote from me. Star Trek Into Darkness was a colossal snooze fest. I just hope J.J. Abrams doesn’t screw up Star Wars the same way.

  7. equipmentguy says:

    Okay I’ll say it: Nicholas meyers! There you go Paramount, I dare you! He saved your ass back in 1982, I bet he’s got one left in him.

  8. Bob says:

    Orci is an asshat. I’m sure his ego got him fired.

  9. Spider says:

    I’ve read many posts on suggesting the producers get Jonathan Frakes to direct. This would be a good choice, in that Frakes has actually directed a flick, several to be sure. He’s directed 2 “Star Trek: Next Generation” features, as well as, directing many TV episodes of the aforementioned show–of which he starred in.. He’s also directed TV episodes of “Voyager” and “Deep Space Nine”. I’d say he’s a fantastic candidate and the producers should book a meeting with him ASAP. .I’d also suggest Leonard Nimoy as he’s directed 2 ‘Trek’ flicks with the original crew and has been involved in the ‘Trek’ universe his whole life. But, I don’t know if he’d be willing to take the challenge, due to his advanced age, but Paramount should meet with him, too. I think both men are far better choices, and the best choices, really.

  10. Jim says:

    Probably a good development. Orci and Kurtzman split up their writing team. Orci has never directed a movie before. Orci tends to re-use the same plots over and over – usually involving a conspiracy. Some of the movies he’s written haven’t been very good, from a writing standpoint. When he’s been involved in properties for an extended period of time like TV shows or franchise movies, he’s helped take them in odd directions. So it’s probably good that they are getting someone else in there. There’s zero chance they are getting Edgar Wright to take over a franchise blockbuster film….after walking out on Ant-man, he’s made it pretty clear he’s not interested in doing those types of movies.

  11. Bob says:

    The amusing part is that every trek-fan knows how bad the screwed up the movies.. but honestly, Cryptic studios is doing worse with star trek online’s Ferengi tendencies.

  12. Pat says:

    Best news I’ve heard all year. Roberto Orci has no respect for Star Trek, as evidenced by the steaming pile of excrement that was Star Trek Into Darkness. But what’s worse is his straight-up disrespect for the fans, and the WA he flat-out attacks and insults anyone who questions his “creative” decisions. I’m still steering well clear of Star Trek 3 purely because of his involvement, but I’m not going to lie: Reading this news shot a joyous thrill into my heart. He did not deserve the director’s seat any more than he deserves to be at all involved with this great series.

  13. Jack2211 says:

    Over at trekmovie fans are saying this means Paramount is giving up on Trek. Could mean the opposite.

    I just hope they make a terrific movie. Not a terrific Trek movie — just a terrific movie.

    When they try to make good Trek/appeal to fans, it’s just never worked. Focus on great storytelling and great moviemaking.

  14. Gene R. says:

    Into Darkness was a plagiaristic nightmare. Unoriginal and completely destroyed any hype created by the first reboot film. Hand this franchise off to someone who actually cares about Trek. Stop running it into the ground. INTO DARKNESS WAS HORRIBLE.

    • I completely agree. I was deeply disappointed by the complete waste of talent and technology in the 2nd film. It’s not as if Star Trek doesn’t have tons and tons and tons of material for them to find a way to create something new with. smh

  15. T0rchwood says:

    Does anyone really care anymore? Fans waited 3 years for “Into Darkness” to just get a rewrite of The Wrath of Khan. Star Trek belongs on TV with a weekly series, not a movie every 3-4 years. As a lifelong trek fan, I have given up in favor of Doctor Who.

    • James Rosh says:

      Asked and answered “The previous installment, “Star Trek Into Darkness” grossed $467 million worldwide including $229 million domestically.”

      • T0rchwood says:

        Presenting old material as a new movies only works just so often before fan get wise. TMP was just a rewrite of “The Changling”, as Into Darkness was TWOK. “Fool me one, shame on you…”

    • therealeverton says:

      The whole point was to attract people who weren’t “fans”, they did that and clearly they do care. Not to mention a larger portion of the “fans” than the moaning on the internet would suggest are very keen n the next instalment as well. They just need to deliver a good film an cut down the wait time, aim for 2 years,

      • Yes, it’s always the whiners that are the most vocal. While STID had it’s problems, I enjoyed it and look forward to the third film in the series. I agree that sooner rather than later would be nice!

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