After weeks of rumblings that he was the frontrunner, sources have told Variety that Skydance and Paramount have tapped Roberto Orci to direct Paramount and Skydance’s Star Trek 3
Orci is currently writing the story with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay and had been campaigning to replace J.J. Abrams as director for some time. Abrams is busy with directing the next installment of the Star Wars franchise and will only be producing this pic.
Par, Skydance and his reps had no comment.
Plot details are unknown but the cast, which includes Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, are expected to return. J.J. Abrams will produce along with his producing partner Bryan Burke and Skydance’s David Ellison.
The news comes on the heals of Orci and long-time directing partner Alex Kurtzman going their separate ways on future film-making endeavors (although their TV production company is staying intact). Sources had told Variety both were looking to direct more pics and that going solo would be in the best interest of both parties.
Orci is repped by CAA.
'In other news, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is soon expected to be upgraded to second worst film in the long running Star Trek franchise. Sources close to William Shatner, the director of said picture and famous Canadian Shakespearean actor have confirmed to us that the actor, director, author, producer and philanthropist has purchased a new toupée to celebrate this event, and calls it a highlight of his professional career.'
(Mods, we're gonna need a Bob Orci tag cos it's probably gonna get a lot of use!)