Roberto Orci Out As ‘Star Trek 3’ Director

Roberto Orci is out as director of the next Star Trek film from Paramount Pictures.

Orci, who co-wrote both the 2009 reboot and 2013 sequel with his partner Alex Kurtzman, was set to take over the reigns of the Star Trek film franchise from J.J. Abrams, after he signed on to direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

While the reason for Orci’s departure is still unclear, sources close to report rumblings of Paramount’s displeasure with the direction in which the film was heading.

Edgar Wright, best known for Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, is one of the potential candidates to direct the film, according to Deadline Hollywood.

In order to hit the anticipated 2016 release, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise, Paramount will have to act quickly in their decision of who will fill the now open director’s chair.

In addition to Abrams, Orci will remain as a producer on the film.

What do you think about Orci’s departure? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • If Edgar Wright winds up being the replacement, it’ll be one of the best movies in the franchise.

    • ¡David Oakes! 

      If there’s anyone who is meticulous about plot and characters it’s Edgar.

  • Subaru

    Honestly? I’m glad. If they really take Wright as the new director, this movie is going to be absolutely great.

  • Mateusz R. Orzech

    Good news. Hoping that Wright will direct it and will birng Star Trek back to actually be about smth.

  • Bernard Finnigan

    Thank god. He is an idiot. Into Darkness was conceptually ridiculous

  • scottlukaswilliams

    #BringInRiker Jonathan Frakes should replace Orci as director! Join the Facebook campaign:

  • OphidianJaguar

    Well, Bob Orci has been denying any time tavel element with his posts on

    Copied verbatim

    206. boborci – December 6, 2014 “185. not at all. still excited to makeTrek 3! And on time. We’ll find the right director!”

    208. boborci – December 6, 2014
    “no time travel was ever considered, fyi​”

  • I am not Herbert

    nu-trek is dead!! Long Live Star Trek!!! =D

    …looking forward to CBS taking it back… with Axanar? 😉

  • Muhammad Salim

    Nice T.V show i saw in 60s