Roberto Orci Not Directing 'Star Trek 3,' Could Edgar Wright Step Up?
After being confirmed to make his directorial debut with Star Trek 3 back in May, franchise producer Robert Orci will no longer be at the helm of the sci-fi sequel. Deadline reports the exit, and while they cite rumors swirling and "fire behind the smoke," there aren't any specifics regarding his exit. However, they do mention that a shortlist of directors has already been put together to replace Orci on the project, and the one name they mention is Edgar Wright, who still hasn't locked down his next project. Since Paramount Pictures wants this sequel by 2016, this would have to be Wright's next project if he ended up signing on.
This kind of move isn't entirely surprising since it seemed kind of risky to have a first-time director take on the third installment of a high profile rebooted sci-fi franchise. Orci had to work pretty hard to get the gig, and it sounds like there might be some creative trouble behind the scenes. Expect a replacement to be found pretty quickly, especially since there's already a script from Orci himself, Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne likely ready to be shot soon. No word on returning cast members, but Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana and John Cho should all be back. Stay tuned to see who ends up taking over the sequel. Do you have any suggestions for a replacement?