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.
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.
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…”