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Star Trek 2009 & Into Darkness Writer, Roberto Orci, Named Director of Star Trek III

After months of speculation, the writer of the third Star Trek Movie set in the “J.J. AbramsVerse” has been announced, and it is no surprise that it is none other than front-runner Roberto Orci.

Roberto Orci
Roberto Orci

Orci penned  Star Trek 2009, Star Trek Into Darkness (Both with former Co-writer Alex Kurtzman), 2 Transformers movies, The Lone Ranger, and most recently The Amazing Spiderman 2, as well as a slew of Television shows. This is his first time in the center seat though, and Trek fans are understandably curious and apprehensive. The last two Trek were blockbusters helmed by J. J. Abrams, who is still attached as Executive Producer, but too busy with the new Star Wars movies to direct. He will also be writing the new film’s script, along with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Why would fans be dubious of Paramount’s decision to put this newbie in the director’s chair? Well, it is not so much that Orci is a new director – a big part of it is that he has such a volatile relationship with fans of his movies. Up until recently, he interacted with the fans over at www.trekmovie.com, and got into a spat with  someone who disagreed with him. They had written a story called, Is Star Trek Broken? He had this to say:

“I think the article above is akin to a child acting out against his parents. Makes it tough for some to listen, but since I am a loving parent, I read these comments without anger or resentment, no matter how misguided. There is a reason why I get to write the movies, and you don’t. STID has infinitely more social commentary than Raiders [of the Lost Ark] in every Universe, and I say that with Harrison Ford being a friend. You lose credibility big time when you don’t honestly engage with the F—ING WRITER OF THE MOVIE ASKING YOU AN HONEST QUESTION. You prove the cliche of sh—y fans. And rude in the process. So, as Simon Pegg would say: F— OFF!”

Shortly after this incident he apologized on Twitter and after that, deleted his Twitter account completely.

One of the biggest complaints fans have is that last two movies were not really good Star Trek movies, they were exciting action films, but they did not have the heart of Trek. Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek said this about humanity and science fiction, and it really sums up who we are as a culture and where we should strive to be:

gene“Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms.  If we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there.”

 

 

One wonders what Gene would have to say about the last two movies and the future of Star Trek

With Orci now boldly going where he has never gone before, it would be interesting to see what you, the readers think of this – because you LITERALLY ARE the Word of the Nerd! Comment below and let us see what the consensus of the fans are.

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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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