With JJ’s departure from the JJ-verse Star Trek film series to Star Wars Episode VII, Star Trek 3 was tasked with finding a new director and quickly slotted in long-time Abrams collaborator Roberto Orci.
Orci is a high profile writer in Hollywood these days and has worked on a number of projects with JJ including Alias, Mission Impossible 3, Fringe, and of court both Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness. But a director? Not something he’d done before and the decision turned a few heads.
Star Trek 3 is targeting a 2016 release which will coincide with the franchise’s 50 year anniversary however once again the project is without a director. Orci has confirmed that he’s no longer attached to direct, though he’ll still be involved in a producing and writing role.
Interacting with fans online as he’s been known to do, Orci made the following comments;
I will be very involved
Still excited to make Trek 3
We’ll find the right director!
There’s little indicating why Orci is no longer directing, but with a planned 2016 release and a long post-production schedule, Star Trek 3 will need to get things moving quickly so expect a director announcement soon!