Roberto Orci has emerged as the clear frontrunner and is reportedly close to locking a deal to helm "Star Trek 3". Orci was openly lobbying for the director's chair for this one after serving as a producer and screenwriter on the first two films. This would mark Orci's directorial debut, which is quite a large undertaking for a production of this size.
J.J. Abrams directed the first two films and has since left to pursue other "Star" adventures. Orci has been very involved in the first two films and understandably knows the property well. This is still a very large gamble however, especially with a property that has such a built-in audience, with very sharp opinions.
Most fans were recently disappointed with another directorial debut hopeful with Wally Pfister's recent "Transcendence". Having worked with Christopher Nolan for years as his director of photographer, optimism was high that he would turn out to be a fantastic director. He may still be but his first submission was not the one we were hoping for.
On the flip side, Rupert Sanders made his directorial debut with "Snow White and the Huntsman", which was met with pretty solid reviews. Sure, he directed a couple of shorts before that, which is more than Orci has done. But, it does prove that with the right talent, that you can deliver a quality project on a larger scale.
Only time will tell how this one shakes out but Paramount would not risk messing up their flagship property, so if they go with Orci, they must have great faith in him.
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