Roberto Orci to Direct ‘Star Trek 3’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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After weeks of rumblings that Roberto Orci was the frontrunner, sources have told Variety that Skydance and Paramount have indeed tapped Orci to direct Paramount and Skydance’s “Star Trek 3.”

Orci is currently writing the story with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay and had been campaigning to replace J.J. Abrams as director for some time. Abrams is busy with directing the next installment of the “Star Wars” franchise and will only be producing this pic.

Par, 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.

The news comes after Orci and longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman decided to go their separate ways on future filmmaking endeavors (although their TV production company is staying intact). Sources had told Variety that both were looking to direct more pics and that going solo would be in the best interest of both parties.

Orci is repped by CAA.

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  1. When will this end. LEAVE STAR TREK ALONE, J.J. ABRAMS!

  2. Amelia Boyce says:

    What the actual hell? I know people like this guy and its bad i guess to see abrams go but to hand it over to this guy? This movie better not be a huge disapointment or overly sexist and racist like the guy himself, a ton of people don’t want him to direct star trek 3 and neither do i. Im just hoping this isnt going to be a failed plot, hell he even might make another ship that was never ment to sail like abrams did

  3. Renee W Castor says:

    Goodbye Abrams. …please find new bad guys for a new generation and new time line and keep the background a little more accurate. Trekkie catch that stuff and it drives us crazy when it’s so wrong even a new time line can’t explain it away. Loved the last movie until it was Khan and recycled a beloved emotional scene between 2 long standing friends….Kirk and spock didn’t have the history to make that work in the new version. Hoping next one is more appealing for a new generation of ST fans.

  4. sekerah says:

    Orchi, bring the 21st series with the same cast you used in the new Star Trek . Casting in that movie was absolutely superb! I am an avid Star Trek fan but I only loved the original cast with Leonard Nimoy, Nichole Nichols, William Shatner, etc…

    Please bring the cast of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, to a television series….

  5. Dan says:

    That’s right people today want action that is why they rebooted Star Trek cause the old one had so little of it I miss the prime universe but JJ Abrams universe allows for action and conflict something the prime universe did not have much of when it comes to TNG that show was painful to watch to was so clean in more ways then 1 it was strongly politically correct it was targeted towards the family demographic something we should avoid in the future that demographic is so restrictive, this new timeline that JJ Abrams created allows for Action and conflict and it was also created for people who hatted next gen like me.

  6. rocky-o says:

    the rule in hollywood is simple now…it is no longer that a great movie makes money…it’s simply that money makes a movie great…forget artistic expressions, forget storylines or intelligent thinking…”12 Angry Men”, “Network”, “Citizen Kane”…please…where’s the fun in that right?…no one wants to think anymore…they just want to use their computers and see what the opening weekend box office is like…movies themsleves don’t even have time to develop in the theatres like they use to…ya’ just need to keep ‘lowering the bar’ in order for enough people to think drek like “star trek reboot” and “in darkness” were even worthy of mention in the canon…unless, of course, you refer to how much money they made, which is the only refuge the ill-equipped have to turn to…

  7. blarv of glorb says:

    Star Trek — where anything is possible — and the best these guys came up with is a reboot and a rehash. If I were a monkey and Roberto Orci visited the zoo to see me do my cute monkey behaviors, I would toss my own poo at him so hard that he would have to go to a specialist to have it removed from his ear.

  8. Naulziator says:

    So, in other words, Paramount has no interest in reviving the franchise and wish it to die a horrific, brutal death.

    Give the rights back to CBS. Certainly, they’ll find someone proper to pick up on the franchise where DS9 (not Voyager) left off.

  9. says:

    What a shame that it’s this terrible hack and not a brilliant man with tons of humility and creativity like Joe Cornish. Think of the fun crowdpleaser we could’ve had!

  10. Dave says:

    This is just a question. Im right in saying mr orci has never ever directed before. Why would you give a unproven rookie director a 150 million dollar budget?….Surely you would want a director with a proven track record. Is directing a movie that easy that you can give it to pretty much anybody ? Did he even attend film school and well do a course atlest in directing ?

  11. Matt1 says:

    What a bunch of whiny little fanboy crybabies most of these commenters are! No one is “raping your childhood!” Get a life!

  12. Mike says:

    Nooooooo!!!! Enders Game sucked!! Let’s wait until JJ Abrams has time to do it!!

  13. what are you people talking about..these new versions are rather have JJ direct them but i really dont know anything about this new director…all you purists need to relax!!

  14. Steve says:

    You failed to mention that he has never directed a movie before

  15. Anastasia says:

    This is so disappointing for so many reasons. Not only did Orci write a horrible, sexist, racist, misogynistic, whitewashing script, he defended it for all of those reasons. He has no experience. He’s anti-science (one of the things Star Trek stands for). Not only does he have no directing experience, he seems to have no grasp of anything Star Trek stands for (equality. hope. freedom. science. exploration. Did I mention equality and treatint people with respect?) Needless to say, I likely will not be seeing this movie unless I am given a very, very good reason to.

    • TheRentman says:

      Yeah, Bob Orci doesn’t do “Star Trek” science. In a world where people are ripped apart to the atomic level and then a NEW body is created from said matter in a different location while the person’s consciousness magically jumps from the ripped apart body to the brand new body, Orci relying on ACTUAL Quantum Mechanics to create this new Trek Parallel Universe is TOTALLY crazy town. If ONLY Star Trek could have remained dead like it was since ST:Nemesis left the theaters and ST:Enterprise was cancelled. That would be much better than having yet another successful film come along and commemorate Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary in 2016. Brilliant.

  16. CtotheE says:

    These type of “resurrection” movies should be viewed like Comic book movies. Are they going to follow comic books to a T? Most likely not especially since there is tons of alternative universes in comic book world.

    Is Kirk going to be the same as the old one? No, just as if your past was altered to a significant point, you wouldn’t be the same as you are now. They changed the universe of Star Trek so it wouldn’t be 100% copy of the old movies. So, yes it was obviously started that way so hopefully fans could view it separately than old movies. Did it work? No, a good amount of old fans will nag like old people that yell at new younger generations to turn down their music and get off their lawn. That’s how it always will be when things are rebooted or resurrected.

    Were the movies a success? Money says yes. Will the next one be? Who knows, someone who is awful at socializing with the public and that is an ass still can be talented even if no one likes that fact. We won’t know for sure until it comes out.

  17. Shannon Nutt says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Variety…now I’ll know not to get my hopes up.

  18. bitter trekkie says:

    Star Trek won’t return to the good old days until it’s back on TV (or better yet, Netflix – no way Star Trek survives on broadcast anymore). “Action flick crap” is what movies are all about nowadays.

  19. Can Orci make Star Trek return to the good old days of awesome story telling instead of the action flick crap these last two have been?

    Kirk has become nothing but a petty & arrogant rule breaker instead of a brilliant tactician who earned the right to bend the rules when necessary.

    Khan went from an intelligent, scheming megalomaniac that we all love to hate to being some ninja with magical blood (seriously, magic blood!) that we all just hate.

    Even Star Trek: Enterprise was superior to this new crap.

  20. Get it straight, Variety. If the untitled next Bond film is Bond 24, the untitled next Star Trek film is Star Trek 13. Bond has NO continuity before Casino Royale but Star Trek still has Leonard Nimoy tying everything together.

  21. Kang says:

    No. Just, no.

  22. sm5574 says:

    It isn’t Star Trek 3. We already had Star Trek 3. This is Star Trek 13. It amazes me that people can’t count.

  23. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

  24. lurker says:

    since JJ killed Star Trek with his first movie i havent seen the second and wont see this one

    • therealeverton says:


      Sorry mate, like it or don’t, but the guy(s) resurrected Trek and the fact that the last 2 are the 1st of 3rd highest grossing Trek films makes a nonsense of your comment. In film terms, this is the healthiest Trek has ever been.

      • anonymous says:

        i wouldn’t call completely changing and retconning everything a resurrection. the star trek that its fans know and love is dead.

        a resurrection would pick up somewhere within the original universe, adding something new and exciting instead of rehashing wrath of khan with “younger, edgier” actors in an alternate universe, redesigning everything, adding more explosions, more flashy lens flares and terribly unmemorable “movie score” music.

    • NotTrue says:

      Stak Trek: Into Darkness is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen in theatres. And I’m always very critical of movies. That’s how impressed I was.

      • Did you ever see any of teh original flicks? ST:TWoK was good movie, with, you know, and actual plot. JJ Trek is nothing but action-pap for the uncritical, unthinking masses – tonnes of special effects, no plot worth mentioning. And come on, magic blood?

      • DE says:

        You don’t get out much, and, you haven’t seen Guns of Navarrone, or Where the Eagles Dare, or Die Hard, or Bourne movies, or any Kubrick movies, or Cameron movies, or Ron Howard movies, or Greengrass movies. Come on kid!. It was a piece of crap, covered with flares.

      • Johnnie says:

        If you really think that, you must be about 15 years old.

    • Tim McKraken says:

      Good. Thanks for the useless comment then.

  25. Stephan says:

    I still don’t get why these shit storms seem to be cool. We know nothing about his directing skills, we know knothing about the movie but we have to put all our hate into his face. I really don’t get it. Yes, not everyone likes his movies but there are a lot of people who do, including me. Why can’t we give him a chance and talk after the release about the result? We won’t change paramounts decision anyway. Now I really understand why orci said to some of his “fans” to f*** off.

  26. Jack says:

    This is horrible, depressing news. Orci is the worst. I’m so disappointed that this is what we’re forced to settle with for the 50th.

  27. Literally why would they choose the man with no former directing experience, and who has had excruciatingly immature online arguments with those who offered legitimate and courteous criticism of the last film? I’d ask, too, why they’d choose someone who has shown blatant ignorance regarding the original Star Trek’s themes of goodwill, optimism, feminism and peace over warfare – as well as absolutely no knowledge of the original characters’ identities and personalities – but from the past two films, I’d think it’s safe to assume that none of this was ever Paramount’s priority. They’d better be prepared for another “Last Airbender” box office performance – or, perhaps, worse.

    • Alex says:

      You’re insane. Of everyone involved in the first two movies Orci is probably the most die-hard fan of the series. It couldn’t be in better hands. If he was an asshole on twitter or in a forum it’s likely because the fucking children posting there were obnoxious snots that were savagely (and unrightfully) criticizing movies he’s poured his heart and soul into since 2007. I would tell them to go fuck off too.

      • @Terry Miller

        I’d just like to counter that argument about Mr. Nimoy if I may. Mr. Nimoy was an actor for literally decades before he stepped in front of the camera. He was used to receiving direction from dozens of different directors from whom he could learn what suited him. Also, Mr. Nimoy has spent his lifetime enjoying gallery-grade photography and has had his collections on display in multiple venues. In short, his experiences don’t necessarily transfer to Mr. Orci, though time will tell.

        My only criticism of Mr. Orci’s work is that it tends to be shallow and obvious. If his direction is no better than his writing, I expect the movie to be heavy on special effects and action and light on characters. And Star Trek, to me, has always been more about the actors than the effects.

      • says:

        He’s a tired hack and you sound just like him. He’s poured nothing of his heart and soul, name one element of any film he’s ever done that’s personal and important to him. The clown is a lazy writer and his scripts have always been the worst element of any project he’s been involved with.

      • Terry Miller says:

        They let Leonard Nimoy direct Star Trek IV (the “whale” Movie). It was one of the best, in my view.

      • Amanda says:

        Alex, are you saying that fans who do not like a movie have no right to discuss their reasons for dislike? “. . .the fucking children posting there were obnoxious snots that were savagely (and unrightfully) criticizing movies he’s poured his heart and soul into since 2007.” Are you saying that because a person involved with the creation of a movie is passionate about their work, critiques are not allowed even if they are rhetorically effective? Would you say the same thing to a professional critic working for a newspaper? Your comment mostly confuses me because that seems to say that people cannot discuss negative comments and that sounds like censorship to me when applied to groups of people instead of individuals. You did use the plural children.

    • therealeverton says:

      Because most of the people arguing with him were rude, obnoxious and had been insulting him for years. Also most of the so called “legitimate ” criticism was rubbish and showed that the so called fans knew next to nothing about the show, far less than he did for certain.

    • Tim McKraken says:

      Um, because people generally aren’t courteous? Maybe also because some people hate something before they see it? Maybe because some people don’t like change … at all? I, personally, loved the reboots … and loved all the original Trek (the original seasons, none of the next Gen onwards). I know, that makes me a traitor.

  28. Mariam says:

    I thought they’d take into consideration the fan’s reactions to Orci and stuff. Looks like I was wrong. Unless he seriously educates himself about Star Trek I don’t see the movie being that great.

  29. Carole Singh says:

    Best thing to happen to the franchise…………….Long live Star Trek

  30. Nick Poling says:

    This is the worst possible thing that could have happened to the franchise.

    Star Trek is dead. Now it’s just a matter of “how long are they going to rape its corpse?”

  31. Star Trek 13, DAMMIT!

  32. Dexter says:

    This will be a total Disaster. Did Orci offer himself up on a directorial casting couch to get this? Why is Paramount intent on destroying this franchise? And for it’s 50th at that!? I’m totally uninterested unless they get someone new for this gig.

  33. Nicole says:

    Instead of choosing someone to direct the 50th anniversary of Star Trek that not only has the experience to do it well so but also cares about Star Trek and the values that it stands for, Paramount has chosen Orci, who they were allegedly cautious about being director in the first place. On top of that, I know that many people have openly protested this decision and sent messages to Paramount detailing their reasoning behind not wanting Orci for the job (which at this point is a very long list). Does Paramount even pay attention to the fans’ reactions? Or do they just ignore our legitimate criticisms and call us “shi**y fans” like Orci himself?

  34. G. L. says:

    This has to be some kind of elaborate joke right?
    But yeah, I’m not gonna watch the imminent train wreck this movie will be.

  35. anon says:

    looks like i’ll be boycotting this too. This guy is a jerk who has no respect for the fans or rodenberry’s original vision. Giving a project this huge to someone who’s NEVER directed before is one of the worst moves a studio can pull.

    • therealeverton says:

      HE has plenty of respect for the original vision, more than the fans who have been slagging him off and telling themselves they represent the majority of “original” fans, which they do not.

      • Terry Miller says:

        I have been watching Star Trek since I was 11 and I am 60 now! I watched every single series and every single movie, and I LOVE the reboot version. I DO NOT want it to be like it was in the old days. Star Trek has to move to the 21st Century along with the rest of society. I didn’t see the movies as particularly racist/sexist etc., or anti-science. Was it the women’s clothing? Was it Kirk being a big flirt? The women wore those scanty garments in TOS and Kirk was bedding just about every female guest character in the series.

      • If Orci has so much respect for the original vision of Star Trek, why is the new Kirk just a petty, arrogant ass who thinks the rules don’t apply to him rather than the brilliant, thoughtful commander who earned the right to break the rules and only when nothing else will work?

  36. LaaaAAAAAAaaame … should have gone with Galaxy Quest’s Dean Parisot – the obvious choice as he clearly gets the ethos of Trek to the point he could parody it brilliantly … Orci and the Bad Robot team sullied Star Trek with their generic action sludge and Paramount should have severed ties completely … but Paramount can’t seem to do anything right the past 2+ years (let Hunger Games get away, let Marvel get away … etc. etc.)

  37. Amy K. says:

    I’m boycotting this movie. Someone who doesn’t understand Star Trek, who mistreats fans, who misrepresents the characters and THE WHOLE POINT of the franchise, should not be heading the movie. ESPECIALLY FOR THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY. I thought it had the potential to be redeemed, but it doesn’t look like it any more. RIP Star Trek. #StopOrci2014

  38. Alex Clarkson says:

    Welp, this Trekkie won’t be going to see Star Trek 3

  39. thetrekkie says:

    Wow… And here I was hoping Paramount wouldn’t hand over control of the franchise’s 50th anniversary to a guy who doesn’t understand Trek, has zero experience directing, and was extremely antagonistic towards the core fanbase…

    That’s one film I’ll be skipping.

  40. Steven Brooks says:





    Orci is the worst.

  41. Erin Gerbers says:


    • JazzedKO says:

      I remember ex-writing partner Alex Kurtzman doing a pretty terrible job with “People Like Us”. That film (starring Chris Pine) just collapsed into itself in the 2nd half. Mr. Pine must have his head in his hands right now.

  42. JaLinde says:

    Kind of sad that even after all these years you still can’t get it right, but here you go: the name of J.J. Abrams’ producing partner is, and has always been, Bryan BURK! No “e” at the end, nothing!

  43. Steve says:

    *heels (not heals). It would be so cool if anyone read their own material online before they hit “publish.”

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