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Roberto Orci no Longer to Direct Star Trek 3

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Roberto Orci is beaming off the U.S.S. Enterprise as director in an abrupt move that leaves many wondering who is going to fill the those shoes as Star Trek 3 draws ever nearer. The film is to be released in time for the 50th anniversary of the beloved Sci-fi Franchise in 2016.

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Roberto Orci, is out as Director for Star Trek III

It is unclear why Orci has left the project as director, but it has been made know that he will stay on as a producer and will more than likely have some sort of writing credit on the film. J.J. Abrams opted not to direct this installment of the Star Trek reboot because of his directorial commitments to next year’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Star Trek 3 was to have been Orci’s debut as a director and many had concerns about the scope of the project and Orci’s abilities as a new director. NuTrek’s came out in support of Roberto as director earlier this year. In a comment to the BBC in August Simon Pegg, who portrays Montgomery, “Scotty,” Scott, had this to say:

“He emailed me before the news broke saying: ‘Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out?’ He’s a good friend, he’s very much part of the Star Trek family. I’m really happy he’s doing it as it’s kept within the family kind of thing, it’s not somebody coming in from outside. Bob’s been there since the first Star Trek – by that I mean the 2009 one – so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a director on this one because he gets it. He was always the most Trekkie of all of those guys anyway, he’s always understood the story the best so it’s great that he’s going to be involved in the writing and directing.”

He had the support of the cast and the crew, so why the hasty Departure? This is still an unfolding story, so many details are not known at this time, but it has been reported that the studio was unhappy with the course the new film was taking. But if that is true, why would he stay on as a producer?

Badass Digest, who broke the story earlier this year that Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner were in talks to reprise their iconic Trek roles, also recently reported a possible storyline for the new film.

Badass Digest says:

“My sources tell me that the script Orci was working on saw the Enterprise, the Vulcans and a new alien race competing to get a time travel device. The Vulcans want to go back and stop the destruction of their planet, and the time travel schtick is what would allow Chris Pine and William Shatner to share the screen.”

As stated before, the details are sparse on Orci’s decision to vacate the director’s chair, but the fact that he is staying on as a producer may indicate that it was his decision, at least partly. Now Skydance and Paramount are looking elsewhere for a new director. The lead name being bandied about is Shaun of the Dead and The World’s End director Edgar Wright, but at this point, it is far too early to tell.

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Is Edgar Wright going to helm the next Star Trek movie???

The two previous Star Trek installments have grossed nearly 1 billion dollars worldwide and with Star Trek’s Golden anniversary around the corner, the sky really is the limit, or in other words, the, “Final Frontier…”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim Piland

Timothy Piland is a classically trained tenor and opera singer. He was born and raised in the Springfield, Mo. Area.

He has performed Roles for Springfield Little Theater, Vandivort Theater, Springfield Regional Opera and Mobile Opera. He has also worked for the Puccini Festival, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera.

In his performing career he has performed roles in: Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Man of La Mancha, Die Fledermouse, La Fanciulla del West, Gianni Schicchi and many other shows.

In 2007, he toured the United Kingdom with the Church of the Incarnation out of Dallas, Texas. This included a week long engagement at Westminster Abbey, as well as a 9 day engagement at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In 2009 he originated the role of the Priest in "Frankenstein, Monster" by Le Wlhelm at the Gilloiz Theater.

He appeared onstage as Rupert Giles for, "A Class Act productions," in their ongoing presentation of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody, from March 2010-July 2013.

In November 2011, he made his directoral debut, directing "Star Trek Live Onstage: The Trouble with Tribbles," also for "A Class Act." He went on to direct 14 of the next 17 episodes of that live stage show.

Each Christmas you can also catch him at the historic Pythian Castle where he performs in a, "Night of the Dueling Santas," a Christmas dinner show of his own writing. He has been the Ghost Tour Guide for the castle since 2010.

He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, SYFY Channel, The History Channel, NPR.

He is the founder of Harvest Moon Productions and oversees events ranging from concerts to straight plays. He is currently writing a book called "Ghostly Tales From Pythian Castle," which hopefully will see production at some point in 2014.

In 2013 he was cast as Dr. Howard Lagrasse in the 5 episode silent Horror web series SHADOW BOUND, for Arcane Productions. Most recently he was cast in a role in the feature film EVERYTHING, for Parallax Studio.

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