Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have found a new leader for their rebooted STAR TREK franchise and they didn’t have to look too far. Roberto Orci — a co-writer of both STAR TREK and STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS — will be taking over directing duties as original chief J.J. Abrams steps down into a producing role (he’s moved his directing skills to the other side of the galaxy for his upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII – THE ANCIENT FEAR).
Orci recently parted ways with his long-time writing/producing partner Alex Kurtzman (though their television production company will stay in tact), so many (including Abrams) believed that STAR TREK 3 would be the perfect film for him to make his directorial debut. He’ll also be a co-writer once again, except this time he’ll be doing it alongside screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Plot details are unknown at the moment, but the series’ cast is expected to return.
Orci’s previous work includes screenwriting credits for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III and the first two TRANSFORMERS films, just to name a few. Most of his success has come from television, though, with credits including FRINGE, ALIAS, SLEEPY HOLLOW, HAWAII FIVE-0 and HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEYS.
STAR TREK 3 is set to hit theaters in 2016 during Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.