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'Star Trek 3' and the search for a new director

Roberto Orci is out, and so are Paramount's release plans

Ben Gourlay | Dec 7, 2014 at 04:41 pm CST (0 mins, 43 secs reading time)

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.

'Star Trek 3' and the search for a new director |

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.

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Ben Gourlay


Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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