Back in May, we reported that Paramount Pictures was not just moving forward with their second sequel to the rebooted 'Star Trek' franchise, but that they had given the reins to writer Roberto Orci, writer of the 2013 sequel maligned 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'. Now it seems the writer turned director has parted ways with the studio.
According to a report from Deadline Hollywood, Orci has stepped down from directing, although he will stay on as a producer. Whilst their is no word on whether a script revision is in the cards, which could potentially scotch the involvement of William Shatner, which we revealed back in September. It also puts in doubt the planned 2016 release date, which marks the 60th anniversary of the franchise.
'Star Trek' and 'Into Darkness' were both helmed by JJ Abrams, who of course jumped ship to that other sci-fi franchise.