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In 2009, J.J. Abrams completely revamped the long-running Star Trek franchise with a reboot feature film. Abrams’ Star Trek found success with critics, fans, and the box office, and led to the director making Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013. The sequel was also a hit, leaving fans wanting a third installment.
Since then though, Abrams has decided to move to a different part of the sci-fi universe, at helm of Star Wars: Episode VII, due out in December 2015. This has forced Abrams to opt out of the inevitable Star Trek 3, which has been previously speculated to be on track for a 2016 release.
The search for a replacement director has been ongoing, but now we may finally have an update on the next Trek sequel. Deadline reports that Roberto Orci is “in talks” to direct Star Trek 3, and that he is the current frontrunner choice.
After an aggressive lobbying campaign, Roberto Orci has emerged as the clear frontrunner to replace JJ Abrams and direct Paramount‘s third installment of the Star Trek series.
Orci has served an impressive career of writing for both films and TV over the past decade, including the first two aforementioned Star Trek films, Transformers and its sequels, Watchmen and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. No stranger to the action and sci-fi genre, Star Trek 3 would be Orci’s directorial debut if things do work out. Odds are he would also write or co-write the third installment as well either way.
What do you think about Orci as a choice for Star Trek 3? Is he a good option, or should someone else take the reins?
Star Trek 3 is currently on track for a 2016 release, though no official details have been confirmed.
Written by Josh Sazin on 5/9/14