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Updated: Roberto Orci is officially the director of Star Trek 3

May. 13, 2014by:
UPDATE: Variety is now confirming that Roberto Orci will direct STAR TREK 3. Orci is currently writing the script with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. No plot details are known at this time and no release date has been set.

With J.J. Abrams moving from STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS to STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, rumors have been swirling as to who would helm the already in development STAR TREK 3. ATTACK THE BLOCK director Joe Cornish was in talks for a while and the latest rumor had screenwriter Roberto Orci as a candidate. Now, sources are saying that Orci is not only the frontrunner but that he is in talks to helm the third voyage of the rebooted starship Enterprise.

This would mark Roberto Orci's big screen directorial debut. Alex Kurtzman, Orci's writing and producing partner until just recently, helmed the drama PEOPLE LIKE US back in 2012, but Orci has remained content to write and produce. Bringing in a rookie director to a project as big as STAR TREK 3 may seem like a risk, but Orci is not a special effects artist or production designer like we have seen cause trouble on movies like MALEFICENT and 47 RONIN. Orci, while sometimes bashed by fans, knows enough of the ins and outs of big budget movie-making that he can rely on his friends and co-workers to guide him through the process.

Deadline states that Skydance and Bad Robot have been in Orci's corner but that Paramount has been who has needed convincing that the project could be handled by the writer. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS grossed less domestically in comparison to the 2009 reboot but almost $100 million better in global box office. STAR TREK 3 has no release date but expectations are it could hit theaters for the original series' 50th anniversary in 2016.

Source: Deadline

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3:42PM on 05/15/2014
Urgh! This news is so depressing.While I really loved the 2009 version, Into Darkness was a HUGE disappointment for me. Orci and his attitude towards people who disagree with him was the final nail in the "utterly detest this human being" coffin for me.
Urgh! This news is so depressing.While I really loved the 2009 version, Into Darkness was a HUGE disappointment for me. Orci and his attitude towards people who disagree with him was the final nail in the "utterly detest this human being" coffin for me.
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11:33AM on 05/14/2014
His writing is dire. I can only hope his directing is on the same level of awful and 'Star Trek' will take a brief nap before being delivered into more capable hands.
His writing is dire. I can only hope his directing is on the same level of awful and 'Star Trek' will take a brief nap before being delivered into more capable hands.
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11:01AM on 05/14/2014

Who cares??

When has a star trek flick EVER been praised for it's directing? A good script and a great cast can go a long way. Give the guy a chance.
When has a star trek flick EVER been praised for it's directing? A good script and a great cast can go a long way. Give the guy a chance.
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6:36PM on 05/14/2014
I know right? I mean JJ fucking failed twice but who knows....maybe someone completely unconnected to the guy will....ah fuck....
I know right? I mean JJ fucking failed twice but who knows....maybe someone completely unconnected to the guy will....ah fuck....
10:23AM on 05/14/2014
Bad idea.
Bad idea.
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9:15AM on 05/14/2014
Oh boy, I sure do hope he keeps making Star Trek less about exploration and more about "REVENGE!"
Oh boy, I sure do hope he keeps making Star Trek less about exploration and more about "REVENGE!"
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2:35PM on 05/14/2014
You're thinking about the TV shows. Almost all of the Star Trek movies, oddly enough, are about revenge. Behold:

Wrath of Khan (revenge for Khan's wife), Search for Spock (revenge for Kirk's son, against Doc Brown), Voyage Home (revenge for whales by alien), Undiscovered Country (Kirk struggling over his revenge desire for his son against the Klingons), First Contact (the revengiest, arguably - Picard's retribution on the Borg), Insurrection (revenge against the Baku for being kicked out),
You're thinking about the TV shows. Almost all of the Star Trek movies, oddly enough, are about revenge. Behold:

Wrath of Khan (revenge for Khan's wife), Search for Spock (revenge for Kirk's son, against Doc Brown), Voyage Home (revenge for whales by alien), Undiscovered Country (Kirk struggling over his revenge desire for his son against the Klingons), First Contact (the revengiest, arguably - Picard's retribution on the Borg), Insurrection (revenge against the Baku for being kicked out), Nemesis (revenge against Romulus and Picard, a two-fer).

You'll also notice that the movies that aren't about revenge are the worst. Just some food for thought.
9:33PM on 05/14/2014
All good points, but the ones you listed were all sequels to the tv shows. These new ones are ostensibly a remake of the original series which was all about exploration. I've nothing against them having more action, but why not make it more like the prologue of Into Darkness? It was exploration AND action. Also, the ones you listed at least took place away from home or different time periods, whereas Into Darkness took place 90% on Earth.

All good points, but the ones you listed were all sequels to the tv shows. These new ones are ostensibly a remake of the original series which was all about exploration. I've nothing against them having more action, but why not make it more like the prologue of Into Darkness? It was exploration AND action. Also, the ones you listed at least took place away from home or different time periods, whereas Into Darkness took place 90% on Earth.

3:31AM on 05/15/2014
Actually, both movies are setup for what would have become the original TV show. This is evident at the end of Into Darkness when they are getting ready to start the new big project which is a 5 year mission into deep space...
Actually, both movies are setup for what would have become the original TV show. This is evident at the end of Into Darkness when they are getting ready to start the new big project which is a 5 year mission into deep space...
3:43PM on 05/15/2014
Heh. Completely agree with your comment. New Trek needs some new themes stat!
Heh. Completely agree with your comment. New Trek needs some new themes stat!
8:42AM on 05/14/2014
I'm sure it will still be entertaining. He's been around the business long enough now, he should have some clue. Let's be serious, there is no way that it will be the worst Star Trek movie ever made... right? WHAT does GOD need with a STARship?
I'm sure it will still be entertaining. He's been around the business long enough now, he should have some clue. Let's be serious, there is no way that it will be the worst Star Trek movie ever made... right? WHAT does GOD need with a STARship?
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7:46AM on 05/14/2014
To hand over the reigns to a guy that has never directed before, and that his first movie will be Star Trek 3 is beyond insane. Someone below mentioned this is exactly the situation with David Goyer and it really does feel like it. There goes my dream of Duncan Jones getting the gig.
To hand over the reigns to a guy that has never directed before, and that his first movie will be Star Trek 3 is beyond insane. Someone below mentioned this is exactly the situation with David Goyer and it really does feel like it. There goes my dream of Duncan Jones getting the gig.
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3:08AM on 05/14/2014

Choosing Directors

Going by a lot of comments I've been reading lately I wonder how many people actually know how directors are hired? Just like costume designers, art directors etc they must present a feel and vision to the producers, backers etc
To be hired means generally there is a concensus from all those involved in the film that the person chosen is the right person for the job and the best out of the candidates available.
Whether Orci is right or wrong remember the amount of people behind him
Going by a lot of comments I've been reading lately I wonder how many people actually know how directors are hired? Just like costume designers, art directors etc they must present a feel and vision to the producers, backers etc
To be hired means generally there is a concensus from all those involved in the film that the person chosen is the right person for the job and the best out of the candidates available.
Whether Orci is right or wrong remember the amount of people behind him responsible for his hiring rather than throw a lot of blatant hate his direction.
Always amuses me how much hate and over opinion there always is from people who have never even worked in film or television...
I do hope STIII is however a successful and entertaining film. : )
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2:16AM on 05/14/2014
One could argue that most of his movies have been box-office successes (Transformers, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek, etc.), which is why Paramount trusts him enough, but their scripts were hardly the reason for their success. He's really got his work cut for him.
One could argue that most of his movies have been box-office successes (Transformers, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Star Trek, etc.), which is why Paramount trusts him enough, but their scripts were hardly the reason for their success. He's really got his work cut for him.
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1:25AM on 05/14/2014

blade 3

Blade 3 in the making... Goyer promoted from writer to director....
Blade 3 in the making... Goyer promoted from writer to director....
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2:01AM on 05/14/2014
Great example.
Great example.
11:07AM on 05/14/2014
Yea but he had to deal with Snipes and his ego.
Yea but he had to deal with Snipes and his ego.
11:25AM on 05/14/2014
That confirms why a strong director is needed.
That confirms why a strong director is needed.
11:37AM on 05/14/2014
I doubt Chris Pine will be a problem.
I doubt Chris Pine will be a problem.
12:11AM on 05/14/2014
On one hand I'm glad this movie is happening I really like the core cast. On the other hand I'm not sure you want to put this type of movie into the hands of someone with no experience directing.
On one hand I'm glad this movie is happening I really like the core cast. On the other hand I'm not sure you want to put this type of movie into the hands of someone with no experience directing.
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12:04AM on 05/14/2014
No confidence in this at all. I think Paramount would be wise to get someone that clearly has the skills to direct the cast and tell the right story. Too bad Duncan Jones* is working on World of Warcraft.
No confidence in this at all. I think Paramount would be wise to get someone that clearly has the skills to direct the cast and tell the right story. Too bad Duncan Jones* is working on World of Warcraft.
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12:10AM on 05/14/2014
I think you mean Duncan Jones, but I do agree with your premise.
I think you mean Duncan Jones, but I do agree with your premise.
12:00AM on 05/14/2014
Star Trek Outta Credibility.
Star Trek Outta Credibility.
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11:54PM on 05/13/2014

Brett Ratner Anyone?

This reminds me of what happened to X-Men after two solid films. I'm just hoping history isn't repeating itself b/c as someone that never got that into Star Trek, I really started looking forward to these movies.
This reminds me of what happened to X-Men after two solid films. I'm just hoping history isn't repeating itself b/c as someone that never got that into Star Trek, I really started looking forward to these movies.
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11:29PM on 05/13/2014

Wow

This is beyond insane. This should be called Star Trek: Transendence.
This is beyond insane. This should be called Star Trek: Transendence.
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11:16PM on 05/13/2014
He may not always be the best writer but who knows, he may end up being an incredible director.
He may not always be the best writer but who knows, he may end up being an incredible director.
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11:07PM on 05/13/2014
I've got a bad feeling about this
I've got a bad feeling about this
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11:07PM on 05/13/2014
J.J., please come back!
J.J., please come back!
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3:58PM on 05/11/2014
Don't particularly care for his writing, but then again Into Darkness proved that JJ Abrams needed to let someone else helm these movies for a bit.
Don't particularly care for his writing, but then again Into Darkness proved that JJ Abrams needed to let someone else helm these movies for a bit.
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11:17AM on 05/10/2014

Not sure how I feel about this

Could go either way but who knew that the Russo brothers would do such a damn good job on Captain America:The Winter Soldier? They went from You, Me and Dupree to that. They took a risk with that. I would Definitely prefer Brad Bird though.
Could go either way but who knew that the Russo brothers would do such a damn good job on Captain America:The Winter Soldier? They went from You, Me and Dupree to that. They took a risk with that. I would Definitely prefer Brad Bird though.
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11:18AM on 05/10/2014
And I know the Russo Bros directed some of the Best episodes of Community so they probably had that going for them
And I know the Russo Bros directed some of the Best episodes of Community so they probably had that going for them
11:10AM on 05/10/2014
This is a bad idea....
This is a bad idea....
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9:43AM on 05/10/2014
If true it at least tells us the value some studios put in the role of director.
Still, the guy's a storyteller so maybe he has something worthwhile to bring to the process.
If true it at least tells us the value some studios put in the role of director.
Still, the guy's a storyteller so maybe he has something worthwhile to bring to the process.
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5:07AM on 05/10/2014
Nay...I don't mind Bob but going from JJ Abrams to a "first time director" does not a cine-boner make...
Nay...I don't mind Bob but going from JJ Abrams to a "first time director" does not a cine-boner make...
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2:01AM on 05/10/2014
Joseph Kosinksi has been suggested and that does sound like a good idea.
Joseph Kosinksi has been suggested and that does sound like a good idea.
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12:39AM on 05/10/2014
Duncan Jones would be my top 'realistic' choice.

Though it would never happen, just imagine if George Lucas came on board, makes little to no sense just a funny idea since JJ is now in his shoes. Sort of.
Duncan Jones would be my top 'realistic' choice.

Though it would never happen, just imagine if George Lucas came on board, makes little to no sense just a funny idea since JJ is now in his shoes. Sort of.
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11:49PM on 05/09/2014

Wow,the hate on this site lately...

Do any of you know what an A-list screenwriter is? Cause he's been on this A-list for a over a decade now. Have any of you read his (or I should say their) work or just seen the films based on them? Do any of you know what the job of a screenwriter even is?
Good for him "if" he gets the gig. He has earned it.
Do any of you know what an A-list screenwriter is? Cause he's been on this A-list for a over a decade now. Have any of you read his (or I should say their) work or just seen the films based on them? Do any of you know what the job of a screenwriter even is?
Good for him "if" he gets the gig. He has earned it.
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12:26AM on 05/10/2014
How much alteration do you think has gone on with his scripts? Have YOU read any of his work? Sounds like you're talking out of your ass, this guy and his writing partner are garbage, and have ruined just about any good property they have gotten their hands on. Just because he's A-list does NOT make him good...
How much alteration do you think has gone on with his scripts? Have YOU read any of his work? Sounds like you're talking out of your ass, this guy and his writing partner are garbage, and have ruined just about any good property they have gotten their hands on. Just because he's A-list does NOT make him good...
11:18PM on 05/13/2014
Calm down Fox Mulder, the only guy talking out his ass here is you. We have no idea how the guy will be as a director. Some of the best directors have been crappy writers so we don't know what the reverse will be. Also, people who are "garbage" don't get on, nor stay on the A list. Don't confuse personal opinion with facts.
Calm down Fox Mulder, the only guy talking out his ass here is you. We have no idea how the guy will be as a director. Some of the best directors have been crappy writers so we don't know what the reverse will be. Also, people who are "garbage" don't get on, nor stay on the A list. Don't confuse personal opinion with facts.
11:28AM on 05/14/2014
Too true. I don't know what the deal is. If he makes a great movie what will everyone say then? I'm all for this. At least he's been a part of the franchise from the start.
Too true. I don't know what the deal is. If he makes a great movie what will everyone say then? I'm all for this. At least he's been a part of the franchise from the start.
11:24PM on 05/09/2014
This is a big project for a first time director. Is Matt Reeves, Brad Bird, Jon Favreau and 85% of all directors too busy? I just don't get a good vibe.
This is a big project for a first time director. Is Matt Reeves, Brad Bird, Jon Favreau and 85% of all directors too busy? I just don't get a good vibe.
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6:10PM on 05/09/2014
The way I the first line initially was... STAR TREK 3: ATTACK THE BLOCK
Which I got a serious chuckle over as a name for the third movie. That is all.
The way I the first line initially was... STAR TREK 3: ATTACK THE BLOCK
Which I got a serious chuckle over as a name for the third movie. That is all.
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5:51PM on 05/09/2014
While I am all for giving a first time director a shot, they should not be given high stake movies as their first film
While I am all for giving a first time director a shot, they should not be given high stake movies as their first film
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5:45PM on 05/09/2014

Great idea!

Let's take 1/2 of the brilliant duo behind Transformers, Star Trek, and Star Trek Into Darkness, someone who has a fetish for "magic blood", who is obsessed with the played-out and cheesy concept of "destiny", who is a conspiracy theorist and crackpot 9/11 truther, who is unable to say "No" to directors or studios and is simply an appeaser...let's take THAT guy and put him in charge of a beloved franchise, just in time for its 50th anniversary celebration! What could possibly go wrong?? Man,
Let's take 1/2 of the brilliant duo behind Transformers, Star Trek, and Star Trek Into Darkness, someone who has a fetish for "magic blood", who is obsessed with the played-out and cheesy concept of "destiny", who is a conspiracy theorist and crackpot 9/11 truther, who is unable to say "No" to directors or studios and is simply an appeaser...let's take THAT guy and put him in charge of a beloved franchise, just in time for its 50th anniversary celebration! What could possibly go wrong?? Man, who knew the day would come when fans would actually PREFER to have JJ Abrams come back and direct Star Trek?
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5:42PM on 05/09/2014

Officially, huh?

Can't seem to find Paramount's press release indicating Roberto Orci is "officially" a frontrunner to direct Trek 3. I'm not sure "anonymous sources" is credible enough to call something "official." How can you officially be a frontrunner anyway? Either you have the gig, or you don't!
Can't seem to find Paramount's press release indicating Roberto Orci is "officially" a frontrunner to direct Trek 3. I'm not sure "anonymous sources" is credible enough to call something "official." How can you officially be a frontrunner anyway? Either you have the gig, or you don't!
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5:37PM on 05/09/2014

This is terrible news.

J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek's' are enjoyable and highly entertaining, something every Trek fan could hope for... but with Abrams working on SW: VII you would think someone who has good credibility with doing science fiction films would be at the helm of the third installment, not someone who can't write to save his life. I mean we're not talking about a low budget miniseries, we're talking about a 200 million dollar big budget movie that should be all means be epic, even more than the first two.
J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek's' are enjoyable and highly entertaining, something every Trek fan could hope for... but with Abrams working on SW: VII you would think someone who has good credibility with doing science fiction films would be at the helm of the third installment, not someone who can't write to save his life. I mean we're not talking about a low budget miniseries, we're talking about a 200 million dollar big budget movie that should be all means be epic, even more than the first two. But I guess we can't always get what we want.

Maybe he'll fail miserably and Abrams will be begged, and sucked-off, to come back.

What I'm trying to say is "this is terrible fucking news."
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9:10PM on 05/09/2014
As a Trek fan I was hoping for an original story. We got two visually appealing films with really horrid storytelling (one a complete rip of a superior film). JJ and Orci are of the same breed.
As a Trek fan I was hoping for an original story. We got two visually appealing films with really horrid storytelling (one a complete rip of a superior film). JJ and Orci are of the same breed.
5:37PM on 05/09/2014
Can't they just get Nicholas Meyer?
Can't they just get Nicholas Meyer?
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5:20PM on 05/09/2014
...fuck...
...fuck...
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5:02PM on 05/09/2014

YES!

I look forward to the impending shitstorm the level of mediocrity and unoriginality the Orci Trek will create combined with the epic fail of the JJ Wars! The forums are going to be entertaining as hell as more and more information comes out and we watch TWO franchise go down quicker than Sasha Grey at a hotdog convention (hey, Trek is in the lead!). He is the carbuncle on the ass of JJ.
I look forward to the impending shitstorm the level of mediocrity and unoriginality the Orci Trek will create combined with the epic fail of the JJ Wars! The forums are going to be entertaining as hell as more and more information comes out and we watch TWO franchise go down quicker than Sasha Grey at a hotdog convention (hey, Trek is in the lead!). He is the carbuncle on the ass of JJ.
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5:02AM on 05/14/2014
It may be just me but personally I prefer my movies... well... good!
It may be just me but personally I prefer my movies... well... good!
4:24PM on 05/09/2014

So somebody who has literally never directed, and is an incompetent asshat of a writer can direct a 200 million dollar movie?

Kids you can do anything.
Oh well, won't be anybody left to take the blame now, Orci. You won't have anybody with talent's coat tails to ride on, you'll be stuck with your own lack of understanding of the creative form and basic storytelling.
Good day.
I SAID GOOD DAY.
Kids you can do anything.
Oh well, won't be anybody left to take the blame now, Orci. You won't have anybody with talent's coat tails to ride on, you'll be stuck with your own lack of understanding of the creative form and basic storytelling.
Good day.
I SAID GOOD DAY.
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3:58PM on 05/09/2014
I don't know what it is but something about this dude pisses me off.

These are my feelings exactly courtesy of Rob Riggle:

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I don't know what it is but something about this dude pisses me off.

These are my feelings exactly courtesy of Rob Riggle:

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3:53PM on 05/09/2014

But lets give him the benefit of th......ahhh cant say it

They are all fools, no good can come from this.
They are all fools, no good can come from this.
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3:50PM on 05/09/2014

Thats a fine cho.......SAY WHAT!!!!!!

Well people should do things they're good at, and he aint good in writing so maybe he's good at directing movies because he clearly has the skills. Lets think like a studio and make a list of potential science fiction directors: Paul verhoeven, John mctiernan, Neil Blomkamp, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Roberto Orci... No i get it, again the studios want someone they can control, a puppet, not someone with an opinion.
Well people should do things they're good at, and he aint good in writing so maybe he's good at directing movies because he clearly has the skills. Lets think like a studio and make a list of potential science fiction directors: Paul verhoeven, John mctiernan, Neil Blomkamp, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Roberto Orci... No i get it, again the studios want someone they can control, a puppet, not someone with an opinion.
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3:48PM on 05/09/2014
Wait what?
Wait what?
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