Roberto Orci Clarifies Star Trek 3 Situation

Ryan Leston
11 July 2014
Roberto Orci Clarifies Star Trek 3 Situation
Roberto Orci not confirmed to direct until Paramount agree on a script.

After reportedly landing the role of director in 'Star Trek 3', writer Roberto Orci reveals that it's not quite so simple…

In an interview with Collider, the 40-year-old 'Star Trek' writer admitted that rumours of him landing the job of director weren't entirely true… and it all rests on the quality of the script.

"Well, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch," said Orci. "The studio has yet to even read the script. I'm in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay."

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"They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can't even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumour."

Of course, Orci was recently revealed as the studio's frontrunner… and after co-writing the previous two instalments in the rebooted 'Star Trek' franchise, I can't help thinking that his directorial debut is probably in the bag.

Although it remains unclear as to whether or not this is Paramount's official verdict on the director's role or just a cautiously optimistic approach from Orci himself, it seems that he's currently a bit busy with the script.

"If I'm lucky enough that Paramount loves the script and that we go forward, it'll be because I have loved 'Star Trek' for so long and the idea of having seen one of the best guys in the business direct two of them already."

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Obviously, taking over from J.J. Abrams is a daunting prospect… and it's no easy task for a man with zero directorial experience. But is Orci up to the task?

"If we're lucky enough that everything goes right, then I'll start to feel the pressure. Once it's really happening, it's like, 'Oh, my God, the 50th anniversary! Holy, moly!'"

Are you looking forward to the upcoming 'Star Trek' sequel? Will Roberto Orci prove his directorial mettle? Let us know what you think in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves Star Trek. His favourite captain is Jean-Luc Picard and his favourite ship is the Enterprise-E. He absolutely loved Star Trek Into Darkness and can't wait for the next movie. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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