Roberto Orci turned a few heads when he signed up to direct Star Trek 3… but now it won’t be happening.
The appointment of Roberto Orci at the helm of Star Trek 3 was perhaps one of the most divisive filmmaking decisions we’ve seen of late. But while many of us believed that he just didn’t have the experience to lead the franchise, it looks as though Paramount were keen to give this Trek fan a chance.
But now it looks as though Orci is out as the Star Trek writer steps away from the bridge.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the 41-year-old Star Trek writer won’t be directing the upcoming Trek sequel.
“Roberto Orci is beaming off the bridge of the Starship Enterprise on Star Trek 3,” they reveal. “Rampant rumors are swirling and I’ve confirmed there is fire behind the smoke that he won’t be directing.”
Of course, the appointment of the Star Trek Into Darkness writer caused some outrage when it was first rumoured. After all, he’s an experienced Hollywood writer, but has yet to make a directorial debut.
And let’s face it – the next Star Trek film is a pretty big project to start with.
But who have Paramount lined up to replace him?
“I even hear that Edgar Wright and others are on a short list to take the job,” they explain. “Orci stays on the project as producer, I’ve heard.”
Obviously, Edgar Wright is now very much available after his recent, high profile exit from the Ant-Man movie – a film he’d spent almost a decade trying to get off the ground. Could he be the man to bring us our next Star Trek film? The geek in me thinks that’s just about perfect. But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.
What do you think of Roberto Orci’s Star Trek exit? Who would you like to see take on the project? Let us know what you think in the comments below…