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December 8, 2014 By Andy Meakin
So, Robert Orci is no longer set to direct the third outing for the current reboot of the Star Trek franchise. The film would have been a first time directing job for Orci, although he is no stranger to the film world having been behind the scripts for the previous Trek films, as well as other blockbusters such as Mission Impossible 3, Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the first two Transformers films (seriously, someone wrote them) with his usual writing partner Alex Kurtzman. Whether the job of directing such a huge event film as his first behind the camera was too daunting, especially given the added pressure of aiming for a release in 2016 for the franchise’s 50th anniversary, was part of the reason we don’t know, but he will stick around in producer capacity.
Orci, as some may know, was the Trek expert when it came to the reboot, with Abrams and Kurtzman being the casual observers who reigned in the plot to make it accessible for non-Trekkies (yes, Trekkie…I don’t truck with this Trekker nonsense). After the second film’s somewhat poor reception by long time fans, Paramount reportedly wanted a return to pure Trek style, hence Orci being given the task (especially with Abrams off playing with a galaxy far, far away). However now he is off the job we can only speculate on who will take the reins.
Early whispers suggest Edgar Wright as a potential candidate, no doubt begun due to the relationship between Wright and Pegg, who plays Scott in the new franchise. But at present this is nought but fan posturing. Other names being bandied around in the fan community are Christopher Nolan, Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code), and Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy, Oblivion). However, personally I think if the studio really do want it to get back to being old school Trek they should give it to Nicholas Meyer (Wrath of Khan, The Undiscovered Country), or Jonathan Frakes (First Contact).
With production expected to start soon, and Orci’s script set to go, we should expect some confirmation on the director soon. In the meantime, let’s all speculate away on who we would love to boldly take the franchise where it hasn’t been before.
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