Roberto Orci Not Directing 'Star Trek 3,' Could Edgar Wright Step Up?

December 5, 2014
Source: Deadline

Star Trek 3

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?

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No thanks. I do not want his style in the ST universe.

Brian Sleider on Dec 5, 2014


To be honest, let it rest. I much rather have a new ST tv show that kicks ass than these semi ok movies. Into Darkness was really a weak point for JJ or so i thought. Visually always stunning but just a shallow movie (IMO).

Sascha Dikiciyan on Dec 5, 2014


Could we get these actors to commit to a 2-5 year TV Contract ? the twists to the old Khan story , could be seen as grating yes .. But I come from the CB world , where alternate universes are commonplace .... maybe it's that the Original ST Wrath Of Khan story was pretty shallow in its own right - we just didn't care ..

Dominic on Dec 7, 2014


I think Edgar's creative mind couldn't be contained in a franchise like this. There would be too many producers trying to push him one direction or the next. You cannot micromanage such a spectacular creative thinker in filmmaking with formula action film principles.

Quanah on Dec 5, 2014


Given that Orci can't write for shit, I don't know why anyone thought he'd be any better at directing.

Payne by name on Dec 5, 2014


Is it wrong for me to want this to happen if only for the possibility of Nick Frost eating a cornetto in Captain Kirk's chair??

izakkson on Dec 5, 2014


Why would Wright want to do that? I mean, I'd love it, but I don't see it happening. Pretty pleased about Orci leaving, though.

Nielsen700 on Dec 5, 2014


NOTHING dates FASTER or WORSE than yesterday's 'FUTURE'. BLEH Franchise slums unto franchise slums. BLEH

2ITIT2 IT IT on Dec 6, 2014


DO you even know what you mean by this?

Brian Sleider on Dec 6, 2014


in an oblique way , he is saying "stop with the reboots ' ... " Script Acting SFX " 2 of those 3 things have to be good , for a reboot to work . all 3 would be preferred ...

Dominic on Dec 7, 2014


Wright would be right! I think it is good Orci is no longer directing. He just is not what we all expected him to be. I would rater see a real TREK fan direct it.

DAVIDPD on Dec 6, 2014


Rather Wright direct an original or not a franchise.

mooreworthy on Dec 6, 2014


Kirk and Spock have to go back to the 90s and win a 70s themed dance competition. I LOVE IT!

Dan Hibiki on Dec 8, 2014


Quinto directs the third one, right?

OfficialJab on Dec 6, 2014


Why don't they ask Christopher Nolan to direct the third installment of Star Trek?

CptGrimsdale on Dec 7, 2014


because the entire movie would be about mind melding.

Dan Hibiki on Dec 8, 2014


How about George Lucas? Then the circle will be complete....

TheOct8pus on Dec 8, 2014

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