Sunday, 14 December 2014

Roberto Orci no longer directing Star Trek 3

Collective eyebrows were raised higher than Mr. Spock's when Roberto Orci – intimately linked with the franchise through co-writing and producing J.J. Abrams' first two Star Trek films – announced he was directing the third outing for the Starship Enterprise, despite zero helming experience. So it's perhaps less surprising to report that he's no longer calling the shots.

No reason was given for his departure, but he will be staying on the film as executive producer, especially since he's been overseeing the script he has co-written with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Perhaps, as production crept towards him, he simply decided he wasn't ready to go from no directing experience to a massive, technically complicated film in one step.

So who might take on the job now? Deadline has heard that Edgar Wright (The World's End) is among those on the shortlist to tackle the gig, and while he would be a fine – he and the current Star Trek films' Scotty (Simon Pegg) have a bit of a history, after all, plus he has a proven track record for juggling large scale effects work with emotion – the recent Ant-Man experience may have made him wary. Can an Edgar Wright style film fit in with the needs of an established blockbuster universe?

We'll have to wait and see who eventually takes a seat in the big chair, but with Paramount Pictures looking to have the film shooting next year ready for a 2016 release (to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise as a whole), they'll need to be in place soon.

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