Roberto Orci Not Writing 'Star Trek 3,' Defends Alternate Timeline
Depending on which side you fall on as a fan of the new Star Trek franchise, we have either some good news, or some bad news. After falling away from Star Trek 3 as director, Roberto Orci was supposed to stay on as writer and producer. However, it appears that he'll only have one of those jobs now. Orci himself has gotten kudos from fans for taking to the TrekMovie message boards to talk about the franchise, and in a recent visit over there, he confirmed "I’m producing, [nothing] more or less." So the scripting duties will only be credited to Patrick McKay and John D. Payne now. So how does he feel about the project now?
Well, one of the fans asks whether or not Paramount Pictures hiring Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin to direct is reason for them to boycott the film, which was just slated for release on July 8th, 2016. Thankfully, Orci isn't bitter about the project just because he's not writing and directing, but he's cautiously optimistic at least. The producer answers the question about boycotting, "I won’t lie, I don’t know yet, but the story we are talking about would be awesome, hang in there!” If you're the kind of fan who needs someone to determine how you feel about a developing project, then you're a terrible fan.
In addition, for anyone out there who has had a bug up their ass about the alternate timeline that was created in the 2009 franchise reboot from director J.J. Abrams, the writer isn't backing down from defending that narrative element. He says, "Stop blaming [Bad Robot for the alternate timeline]. It was my idea so that you would not know what was gonna happen next. Nothing more or less. I stand behind it. And it, again, is the reason why I make movies and you don’t.” Honestly, I think that's one of the best things he did with this reboot. It ensures fans won't be expecting certain things to happen.
Of course, that all went to shit when they made Kahn the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness, so he really doesn't have much of a leg to stand on there anymore. And frankly, that last arrogant comment about him making movies and not fans is just a little too much. Last time I checked, Orci hasn't been making very good movies lately. And even though he's not directing or writing the sequel anymore, the fact that Paramount Pictures has set a summer 2016 date already while they're still figuring out a story and had trouble getting the right director has me worried about the quality of this project already. Thoughts?