Unknown Writing Duo Tapped to Script 'Star Trek 3' with Roberto Orci
Whether Paramount Pictures wasn't pleased with some of the critical and fan reactions following Star Trek Into Darkness, or the studio is simply looking at a fresh approach to the Star Trek reboot franchise, there will be some new writers on the scene for Star Trek 3. THR has word that relatively unknown writing duo J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay haven been hired to script the film which J.J. Abrams will not direct, due to his schedule on Star Wars: Episode VII. However, they won't be alone, since Roberto Orci will work with them on the sequel. But this time Orci's writing/producing partner Alex Kurtzman isn't on board. Read on!
Damon Lindelof won't be writing with the team either, but the new duo does have some ties to Abrams since they're adapting Boilerplate, the graphic novel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, which Paramount and Bad Robot were said to developing for a film over two years ago. Still, as of now we're not sure who will direct the film. We've heard Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) is the top choice to direct, and Abrams has given his blessing in several interviews if he ends up taking over the franchise. However, it sounds like he's no longer in the running to direct. We're hoping the franchise ups the ante as far as the quality of writing goes, but we still need a good replacement director too. Any thoughts?