Unknown Writing Duo Tapped to Script 'Star Trek 3' with Roberto Orci

December 9, 2013
Source: THR

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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?

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


Maybe, now, we are going to have a new Star Trek movie.

capitandelespacio on Dec 9, 2013


I don't understand why people bash Star Trek Into Darkness as much as they do. But then again most of those people were fans of the original series, and I never really liked Stark Trek before the reboot so I might not understand correctly.

Fidel Reyes on Dec 9, 2013


Because those other fans remember when it used to be good.

cobrazombie on Dec 9, 2013


I like Orci/Kurtzman, but I'm happy to have another team take a stab at this, especially if they're fans.

OfficialJab on Dec 9, 2013


Hope it wont be called: Star Trek 3: The Search For Kirk 😉

Chris Giebler on Dec 9, 2013


Something original this time, perhaps?

cobrazombie on Dec 9, 2013


I know it wont happen, but Chris Nolan did such a great job with Inception that I'd love to see him direct Star trek.

Name on Dec 10, 2013

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