It appears his lobbying attempts were successful, as Roberto Orci has officially emerged as the new director of "Star Trek 3". The previous two installments were helmed by J.J. Abrams, who has since left to lead the charge on "Star Wars: Episode VII".
Abrams will remain on as a producer of the property, having collaborated with Orci on the previous two, where he served as one of main screenwriters as well as a producer. This will serve as not only his motion picture directorial debut, but his first time picking up a camera for any project.
Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to return and it's likely we'll see Zoe Saldana and some other familiar faces as well. No plot details are known at this time but Orci will remain on scripting duties, along with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
The reactions seem to be mixed on this announcement. Many feel that this is too large of a property with very opinionated fanboys that come along with it, to give it to a first-time director. Others feel that Orci clearly knows the property better than most, having worked so closely on the other films. The studio also wouldn't gamble on their flagship property without having full confidence in Orci's abilities, right? Let's hope he rises to the challenge and gives us a quality third installment that is worthy of the other two.
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