Roberto Orci Set to Make Directorial Debut With Star Trek 3

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As we've told you before, J.J. Abrams will not be directing Star Trek 3. It seems this honor will now fall to the lesser known Roberto Orci, who will be making his directorial debut with the next installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise.

With Roberto Orci directing Star Trek 3, many fans are wondering if the curse of the odd-numbered Star Trek movies is once again upon us.

Never fear; while Orci isn’t a household name, he has been involved in just about every nerdtastic film endeavor since 2000. From Xena to Transformers to Ender’s Game to The Amazing Spider-Man, Orci has written or produced dozens of action-packed geek favorites. His credits also, of course include both Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, so he is no stranger to the Abrams universe.

Star Trek 3 (which is currently the colloquially-accepted title) will mark a couple of notable “firsts.” Orci will be donning a gold Captain’s uniform as he takes the director’s chair for the first time. Additionally, two relatively unknown young men named J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who are allegedly working on a Flash Gordon reboot, have been brought on-board to take over the writing duties.

Like the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, the announced crew of the Starship Star Trek 3 are relatively unpracticed in their fields. Don’t worry. Lower your shields and holster your nuclear wessels; former director J.J. Abrams will be staying on as a producer.

Kirk and Spock Roberto Orci Set to Make Directorial Debut With Star Trek 3

Other details of the film remain unknown including cast, release date, and title. It’s widely speculated that the cast from the previous movies will return for a 2016 release, but at this point,  those are only rumors.

Do you think Star Trek 3 will be something familiar, like “Star Trek: Adventures of the Gorn,” or “Star Trek: The Trouble With Teething Tribbles”? Perhaps simply, “Star Trek: Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Smirk” (likely a favored premise of the female fans). Let us know in the comments below or on the Geek Exchange Facebook if you’re hoping to see an old favorite storyline, or a lean towards a method of boldly going where no man has gone before.

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