Roberto Orci Not Writing Star Trek 3

After Roberto Orci exited the upcoming ‘Star Trek 3’ many fans assumed he’d continue to write the screenplay… but now the man himself confirms that he won’t.

It wasn’t long ago that Roberto Orci was tipped to take over from J.J. Abrams at the helm of the newly rebooted ‘Star Trek’ franchise. And while all signs seemed to point to the writer of both ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ it seems that wasn’t meant to be. But surely he would go on to write the screenplay?

It looks as though Orci’s year just got that little bit worse…

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Heading over to the Trek Movie message boards, Roberto Orci explained that he won’t be writing the upcoming ‘Star Trek’ sequel.

“I’m producing,” he said. “Nothing more or less.”

Of course, this is quite a change considering he was hotly tipped to direct the upcoming movie… but following concerns from Paramount Pictures, the job eventually went to the director of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ Justin Lin.

And it’s apparently all down to Orci’s ideas for ‘Star Trek 3’.

From what I hear, Paramount weren’t exactly impressed with Orci’s ideas for the ‘Star Trek 3’ script… and I can’t help thinking that they must have been pretty dire if that’s what caused him to lose both the writing and directing job.

But has he taken it all with a pinch of salt? Not quite… in fact, it looks as though the outspoken writer is just as bitter as ever.

“Stop blaming [Bad Robot],” he said about the negative reaction to rebooting the ‘Star Trek’ universe. “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.”

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Of course, Orci is renowned for pointing out exactly why he makes movies and the fans who discuss them don’t… but considering his current position, I can’t help feeling that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

But will Orci return for subsequent instalments? For now, we’ll have to wait and see. But I for one would be glad to see the back of him… considering his low opinion of the fans.

‘Star Trek 3’ is heading to cinemas on 8 July 2016.

Do you think Paramount Pictures got rid of Roberto Orci? Would you have liked to see him stay on as writer? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston

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Ryan Leston is the Founder and Editor of Screen Jolt. He's a big movie nerd from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up.