by Justin Cook
In a surprising turn of events, it appears that Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness writer Roberto Orci is no longer directing Star Trek 3.
Many fans did not warm up to the idea of Orci helming the next installment in the Star Trek franchise, as he would be making his directorial debut with the film. Many were skeptical in his ability to handle such a big-budget project his first go around, so for some this is great news.
JJ Abrams, director of the first two Star Trek films, left the series in order to focus his directorial efforts on the seventh Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
It is still unclear if Orci left his role as director on his own terms or was fired from the movie, but either way he will still serve as a producer on the film. Abrams will also serve as a producer on Star Trek 3.
As of now, this news is not yet confirmed to be true. However, apparently there is already a shortlist of directors who are in talks to replace him. The one name in particular that has gotten people very excited is Edgar Wright. Wright is best known for directing much-loved comedies such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
If Wright does decide the take the job, it will reunite him with the star of the majority of his films, Simon Pegg. Pegg plays Lieutenant Commander Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the Star Trek films.
Star Trek 3 will supposedly take place in deep space, where the crew of the Enterprise must deal with an extreme crisis — which has not been revealed yet.
The movie is still expected to come out in 2016, meaning that we should get a director announcement fairly soon.