A change is being made at the helm of the Enterprise.
Roberto Orci, who scripted (along with Alex Kurtzman) both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and last year’s sequel Into Darkness, will no longer be directing the upcoming third Star Trek feature film, TVWise has confirmed.
The reasoning behind this decision for Orci to step down as helmer is not immediately clear, but it’s worth noting that this would have been the producer’s first directing gig – on a major production with an expected budget north of $100 million.
Despite the fact that he will no longer be directing the film, Orci will be staying on as producer alongside JJ Abrams – who directed the first two films, but ruled himself out as director for the third entry as he had signed on to helm Star Wars Episode VII. The script for the latest film was initially penned by Orci, though Patrick McKay and John D. Payne worked on the most recent draft.
With this latest development, Paramount Pictures and Skydance will have to move fast to find a director if they are to meet the 2016 release date – something which is important to the studio as it’s the year of the franchise’s 50th anniversary.
According to Deadline, who first broke the news, there are a number of potential helmers on the short-list to replace Orci as director. Top of that list apparently is Edgar Wright, who is best known for directing Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.