Roberto Orci in Talks to Direct 'Star Trek 3' for Paramount Pictures

May 9, 2014
Source: Deadline

Roberto Orci

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.

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I like to think the addition of Damon Lindelof was the reason Star Trek Into Darkness wasn't as good as the first one. Can't we have Abrams do the next Star Wars and the next Star Trek? Is that too much to ask?

Snev De la Fontaine on May 9, 2014


I'd rather have seen them go entirely outside of the Bad Robot incest factory and find a director that works as well with actors as they do with special effects, myself. I saw the Trek movies as JJ's audition for the LucasFilm people to convince them that he was their guy for Star Wars. Neither of the Trek reboots are great "Trek" movies, but are closer in action and sentiment to the Star Wars movies. (Heck, even the addition of Keenser is eerily reminiscent of Lucas's penchant for sticking in characters for the kiddies and toy manufacturers.) As Kirschner demonstrated in Empire, a director that works well with actors can elevate a movie beyond just the effects. I doubt Orci has anywhere near that level of skill. I'm expecting Trek 3 to be a war with the Klingons, with lots of pew-pew and very little character development. I hope I'm wrong, though.

AlienFanatic on May 9, 2014


I hope so

Dan on May 9, 2014


Whoever (probably the studio) forced their hand in making John Harrison into Kahn ruined it.

OfficialJab on May 9, 2014


Identify yourself!!!

Rock n Rollllll on May 9, 2014


I hope the next trek will be a War with the Klingons and I am happy that Bob Orci is Directing he will Darken it up his conspiracy theory's are awesome

Dan on May 9, 2014


🙁 NO!

MLTC on May 9, 2014


Yikes I hope this turns out good....These writers are pretty crappy in my opinion.

SkyNet300 on May 9, 2014


They need to get this franchise out of the Bad Robot company.

DAVIDPD on May 9, 2014


Not sure how I feel about Orci directing...why must so many potentially amazing trilogies stumble to some degree or another with the 3rd film?

Chris Groves on May 10, 2014


Get someone else, please.

Nielsen700 on May 10, 2014


If he directs like he (and his equally awful partner) writes, this latest Star Trek will stink too.

cobrazombie on May 11, 2014


If they're going to hire a novice, they could at least hire someone who actually GETS what Trek is all about. #StopOrci2014

thetrekkiehasthephonebox on May 12, 2014


I know I'm quoting the wrong "Star" franchise, but ..... "I have a bad feeling about this."

Edward Curtis on May 12, 2014

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