Roberto Orci in Talks to Direct 'Star Trek 3' for Paramount Pictures
Last month, we learned that writing and producing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman would be parting ways professionally in order for each to separately pursue their own directing careers. In that same report, it was revealed that Orci, who co-wrote Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness for director J.J. Abrams, was lobbying hard to direct Star Trek 3. Now word comes from Deadline that all his convincing has paid off, and he's currently the frontrunner to direct the sequel and is currently in talks with Paramount Pictures to strike a deal. This will be Orci's directorial debut, though he has written several blockbsuters.
While Orci has been involved as a writer on Star Trek, it really seems like his contributions to the franchise with Alex Kurtzman have weakened the series, with the script for Star Trek Into Darkness really lacking substance and sense. And the same can be said for the writing duo's poor handling of villains and plot in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Previously, Paramount was said to be cautious about hiring Orci to take on the sequel, but whatever he did to convince them seems to have worked (Skydance Productions didn't need to be convinced). Once this deal is in place, it sounds like the sequel could come together pretty quickly.