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It has been rumored for a while now that famous screenwriter Roberto Orci would be a candidate to direct the upcoming Star Trek 3. Last week it was reported that Orci was indeed the frontrunner for the job, taking the torch from J.J. Abrams, director of the first two films in the reboot series.
Abrams breathed new life into the long-running sci-fi saga, and now that he is moving across the galaxy to direct the newest Star Wars installment, the show must go on.
Now, Variety reports that Orci is now officially set to direct the third Trek feature from Paramount and Skydance. Abrams is set to still produce the film, and it is currently slated for release sometime in 2016 (with no official date).
Many are (and have decent reason to be) skeptical about Paramount handing a $150-200 million blockbuster to a man without any directing experience, however Orci knows the modern Trek world better than anyone, having co-written 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. So although he has big shoes to fill, at least he’s no stranger to the franchise.
What do you think? Is Orci a good choice to take on Star Trek 3? Or should Paramount have brought someone with more directing experience in for the job?
Written by Josh Sazin on 5/15/14