Roberto Orci wants to direct the next Star Trek film

News Simon Brew
23 Apr 2014 - 07:27

With Alex Kurtzman set to direct Venom, Roberto Orci apparently has his eyes on succeeding JJ Abrams as Star Trek director...

News broke late yesterday that long-time writing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are going their separate ways. The pair have been a creative partnership for some time, writing across projects such as JJ Abrams' Star Trek reboots, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers, the Sleepy Hollow TV show and Cowboys & Aliens.

Towards the end of last year, it was revealed that Alex Kurtzman is the man that Sony wants to direct one of its Spider-Man spin-off movies, Venom. Kurtzman is also writing the script for the film, which will be his second feature directorial effort after People Like Us.

Whilst Kurtzman and Orci will continue to work together on their television projects, Variety reports that their split on feature films is amicable. And one of the reasons for the split is to allow the pair to pursue their individual feature film directing ambitions. Furthermore, Orci is said to be "lobbying heavily" to direct the next Star Trek movie as his feature debut.

Orci reportedly has the support of JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. The current stumbling block is Paramount Pictures, which has to decide if it wants to hand over the controls of one of its biggest franchises to a first time director.

Star Trek 3 or Star Trek 13 (delete as you prefer) is being prepared for a 2016 release, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek series. Paramount will thus need to make its decision soon...


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