Paramount has finally made its choice about who will direct the first JJ Abrams-less Star Trek. According to Variety, the studio has chosen screenwriter Robert Orci to take over for Abrams, who’s busy bringing the Empire back.
Orci, who got his start writing episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, is probably best known for his many collaborations with longtime writing partner Alex Kurtzman (with whom Orci co-wrote 2009’s Star Trek and last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness). The duo is also well-known for co-creating Sleepy Hollow and Fringe for Fox.
Orci has apparently been lobbying hard for the job and outside of Attack the Block writer-director Joe Cornish, seemed to be the only name being kicked around to direct Star Trek 3. Presumably Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and the rest of the Star Trek gang will make appearances in the sequel, which will probably have to deal with the ramifications of the evil Starfleet from Into Darkness.
Orci is probably going to be a controversial choice for some Star Trek fans (including the one writing this article). The real hope here is that the next film won’t needlessly crib from other movies in the franchise and strike out with something new.
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